The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host a soil health workshop Nov. 7 in Elsberry that will include information from demonstration plots featuring 36 different cover crop species.
Ron Cordsiemon, manager of NRCS' Plant Materials Center (PMC) at Elsberry, said plant specialists at the center seeded each of the 36 species on six different dates and have been documenting their progress. The workshop offers farmers the opportunity to compare different cover crop species side-by-side.
In addition to visiting the field test plots, workshop participants will see demonstrations that show the difference between healthy soils and non-healthy soils in their ability to hold together and allow for infiltration of rainfall.
The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. After touring the cover crop plots, farmers will travel to the Elsberry American Legion Hall to listen to guest speakers include Dave Robison, Rich Hoorman, Charlie Ellis and Keith Berns as they continue the cover crop conversation.
Preregistration for the event is through the Lincoln County SWCD. The workshop fee is $12, which includes lunch. Register by Oct. 24 by calling (636) 528-4877, extension 3.
Source: Lincoln County SWCD