SWCD c0-hosting field day

Staff report

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, along with agencies and businesses, will host a field day, “Field to Lake – Soil, Science, & Water Working Together, Wednesday, July 26, 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m., at the Seiler two-stage ditch location located three-eighths of a mile north of County Road T, east side of County Road 21, in Fayette.

The event will give information and the science about nutrient placement, soil health, and slowing the flow with in-field, edge-of-field, and in-stream best management practices. Topics will include when good ditches go bad, soil health, biology, watershed and Lake Erie research, Toledo waterways initiative, cover crop plots, rain simulator demonstration, precision farming tools, benefits to landlords and tenants, TRU No-till project 300, water quality and water management. Demonstrations will include structure, a rain simulator, and retrofitted John Deere 2510H Nutrient Injection and cover crop high clearance seeder equipment.

Speakers include Kevin King, USDA-ARS agricultural engineer; John Fulton OSU assistant professor; Jim Hoorman, USDA-NRCS soil health specialist; George Derringer, USDA-NRCS; Rafig Islam, OSU soil and bioenergy program leader; Alan Sundermeier, Wood County Extension educator; Chris Winslow, director, OSU Stone Lab; Jerry Grigar, no-till farmer; Chuck Campbell, commissioner of plant operations in Toledo; Joe Nester, ag consultant; Dr. Hans Kok, ag consultant; David Brandt, Brandt Farms; Bret Margraf, business leader, Seneca SWCD; Jamie Scott, Scott Cover Crops; Matt Fuelling, Kenn-Feld; Stan Sikora, John Deere; Allen Dean, Dean Farms; and Jessica D’Ambrosio, TNC.

A catered meal will be provided by The Nature Conservancy/John Deere, Conservation Action Project, Fulton SWCD, Henry SWCD, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, and Farm Credit Mid-America. Continuing education credits will be available for soil and water and crop management.

For information or to make a reservation by July 21, call the Fulton SWCD at 419-337-9217 or email kbowles@fultoncountyoh.com.

The event is also hosted by the Nature Conservancy, John Deere, Kenn-Feld Group, Henry SWCD, Conservation Action Project, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio No-till Council, OSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, ODA-Division of Soil and Water Resources, Great Lakes Commission, and partnering landowners.

Staff report