A series of field days is sharing some important environmental and economic benefits of the best practices when it comes to the health of the farmland. The Soil Health Partnership’s demonstration field days is sharing the ideas fueling the evolution of farming with other producers throughout the Midwest. The partnership will host soil health field days from August through the end of the year.
The field days will demonstrate how changing certain practices can create lasting environmental benefits while potentially increasing farm productivity and income. Examples of educational topics include:
· Cover crop benefits and integration into local cropping systems;
· Nutrient management and other strategies to improve soil health;
· Hands-on soil demonstrations; and
· Farmer panels to discuss local experiences with cover crops.
Cover crops have gained attention for improving soil health because they capture excess nitrogen left in the soil and put good plant residue back into the ground.
The SHP is an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association and works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward the common goal of improving soil health.
“We encourage sound soil practices combined with scientific quantification of results from farmers taking positive actions,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director. “Improved crop productivity, environmental gains and economic growth are all benefits of progressive soil management strategies.”
For a complete list of Soil Health Field Days, click here. Events will be added throughout the summer.