Iowa Soil Health Workshop

August 4, 2022 | Field Extension Education Laboratory, Boone, Iowa

During the Iowa Soil Health Workshop you will learn how to evaluate soil health and communicate about soil health related topics more effectively. The workshop will provide both classroom and in-field learning opportunities for participants. Staff from NRCS, Extension, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, watershed coordinators, agronomists, and other agricultural service providers are encouraged to attend. You will have the opportunity to network and learn from both new and seasoned soil health professionals from across the state and become more knowledgeable and confident in discussing soil health information as a result of the workshop.

This program qualifies for Certified Crop Adviser credits: 4.5 soil and water management category.

Program

8:30 am Registration and check-in
9:30 am Welcome, announcements, introductions
9:45 am Classroom session 1 (select one topic)

   - How current fertility tests fit into soil health - Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University
   - The science of using cover crops for weed control - Meaghan Anderson, Iowa State University
   - Evaluating soil health with a microscope - Alisha Sedlmayr and Michael Luebbers, Iowa NRCS

10:45 am Refreshments and networking
11:00 am Outdoor session 1 (select one topic)

    - Measuring and addressing compaction issues - Matt Woods, Iowa State University
    - Assessing management impacts with visual soil assessment and other simple measurements - Ruth Blomquist, Iowa NRCS
    - Using soil pits and monitoring tools for teaching and learning - Neil Sass, NRCS

12:00 pm Lunch and learn topic - Farmer Perspective on Improving Soil Health, Ryan Gibbs, Gibbsfield Ag LLC
1:00 pm Classroom session 2 (select one topic)

   - How current fertility tests fit into soil health - Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University
   - The science of using cover crops for weed control - Meaghan Anderson, Iowa State University
   - Evaluating soil health with a microscope - Alisha Sedlmayr and Michael Luebbers, Iowa NRCS

2:00 pm Refreshments and networking
2:30 pm Outdoor session 2 (select one topic)

    - Measuring and addressing compaction issues - Matt Woods, Iowa State University
    - Assessing management impacts with visual soil assessment and other simple measurements - Ruth Blomquist, Iowa NRCS
    - Using soil pits and monitoring tools for teaching and learning - Neil Sass, NRCS

3:30  pm Program concludes. Optional tours of FEEL available.

Register

When

August 4, 2022

Registration check-in 8:30 AM.
Program begins at 9:30 AM concludes at 3:30  PM.

Where

Field Extension Educatlon Laboratory (FEEL)
1928 240th St
Boone, IA 50036


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Register

$20

Registration, prior to midnight, July 15, 2022

$25

Late registration, prior to midnight, July 29, 2022

Registration includes lunch, refreshment breaks and course materials.

 

Reminders

  • Pre-registration is required to attend this course. Registrations must be received prior to midnight, July 29, 2022.
  • Class size is limited to 75 and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis. Registration will be closed if the course reaches capacity.
  • Requests for refunds must be received prior to midnight, July 29, 2022.
  • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering

Contact

Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty
Extension field agricultural engineer
(563) 583-6496 ext.125
brian1@iastate.edu


For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.