Register by Sept. 17 for Soil Quality Workshop in Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio – Healthy soil is the building block of successful agriculture. Learn how to lay this foundation on your own farm by attending Ohio State University's Soil Quality Workshop, Thursday, Sept. 27, on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)'s Wooster campus.
This is a new workshop based on the success of Managing Pests by Linking Plant Health to Soil Health, a presentation made at the Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress.
"Understanding soil quality is the basis for crop production improvements," said Alan Sundermeier, Ohio State University Extension educator, Wood County office. "With hands-on exercises and in-field demonstrations, this workshop will provide useful skills for achieving healthy soils, healthy plants and better-managed fields."
Sponsored by OSU Extension and OARDC, the workshop is open to public and costs $25. Lunch, handouts and reference books will be provided. Registration is required by Sept. 17. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Topics will include fundamentals of soil quality properties, carbon sequestration, and soil quality test interpretation and recommendations.
The speakers will be Rafiq Islam, soil and water specialist at the OSU South Centers in Piketon; Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension educator, Defiance County office; and Sundermeier.
Hands-on exercises will employ a fixed-wavelength field colorimeter, the Ohio Soil Health Card for self-assessment of soils, and a soil quality color chart.
In-field demonstrations will feature water infiltration, earthworm inventory, soil aggregate sizing and comparing soil compaction using a penetrometer.
Participants are encouraged to bring soil samples (two of poor quality, two of good quality) from their fields for instant analysis.
"This hands-on workshop will instruct farmers, crop consultants, as well as Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and OSU Extension staff on the benefits of achieving healthy soils and will allow participants to examine soils managed under sustainable farming practices and compare them to conventional soils," Sundermeier said.
Register by sending your name, address, telephone number and payment check (payable to OSU Extension) to OSU Extension, Wood County, 639 Dunbridge Rd., Suite 1, Bowling Green, OH 43402.
The program takes place in OARDC's Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.
Contact Sundermeier at (419)354-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Editor: This is the same workshop offered Aug. 28 in Wood County.
Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension, Wood County office