The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is growing.
“In 2015 we’ve expanded our network and enrolled another 20 farmers in the program, so we’re up 40 farmers enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership,” said Nick Goeser, National Corn Growers Association manager of soil health and sustainability, during an interview at Farm Progress Show. The SHP is a five year initiative to evaluate, test and measure conservation practices and their impacts on soil health and how that in turn impacts agricultural productivity.
Goeser says SHP has been holding field days this summer to share conservation ideas with farmers in the Midwest. “We’ve had field days in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and expanding into Ohio, Nebraska and Minnesota as well,” said Goeser.
Many of the states where field days were held this year experienced a very wet start to the growing season. “A really rainy season stresses the importance of the conservation practices,” Goeser said. “Whether its cover crops, conservation tillage, or advanced nutrient management. All of these work together across a cropping system.”
Listen to my interview with Nick here: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/fps-ncga-nick.mp3″ text=”Interview with Nick Goeser, NCGA”]