USDA offers soil health workshop


Staff report



A Soil Health Workshop presented by Jim Hoorman, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Health specialist, will be held Friday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Kissell Building in West Unity.

Workshop topics will include: making no-till corn succeed; no-till drill and planter setup; enhancing mycorrhiza and Metarhizium fungus; adapting herbicides to no-till and cover crops; controlling voles and slugs in no-till and cover crops; cover crop mixtures; adapting to extreme weather events; and using pollinators to attract beneficial insects.

Soil health is referred to as soil quality, and is important in growing food, increasing the yields of crops, and helping the overall ecosystem. As stated in “Unlocking the Secrets of the Soil,” by USDA-NRCS: “As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. By farming using soil health principles and systems that include no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, more and more farmers are actually increasing their soil’s organic matter and improving microbial activity.”

The workshop is $20 which includes lunch and refreshments. For more information or to register online, visit www.hillsdalecd.org or call the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-636-9395, ext 3.

Staff report