USDA Offers Webinars To Help Assess Soil Health In 2014

USDA NRCS offers soil health webinar series for crop farmers starting January 16.

Published on: Jan 9, 2014

The push to understanding what lies within the soil and how it can boost crop productivity was in full swing in 2013. USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service technicians blanked the state with conferences and seminars educating crop producers on the importance of soil health. Now the NRCS is making their message and training available to crop producers via the worldwide web.

The National Soil Health and Sustainability Team, located at the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, is offering a series of soil health webinars in 2014. The webinars offer insight from farmers located across country that raise a variety of crops. Start time for each soil health webinar is 1 p.m. (Central time). For the full list of webinars, please click here.

DIGGING IN THE DIRT: Farmers are discovering that improving soil health is just as important as selecting hybrids. A fertile, healthy soil is not only good for crop production, but also the environment. A series of webinars will help farmers to understand how to manage soil health.
DIGGING IN THE DIRT: Farmers are discovering that improving soil health is just as important as selecting hybrids. A fertile, healthy soil is not only good for crop production, but also the environment. A series of webinars will help farmers to understand how to manage soil health.

The series starts on January 16 with the first webinar: "An Experimental Case Study for Soil Health."

Other dates and topics for soil health webinar series are:

February 11 – The Biology of Soil Compaction

March 11 – Soil Health and Production Benefits of Mob Grazing

April 8 – Managing for Soil Health on Dry Land – A Farmer's Perspective

May 13 – Using RUSLE2 to Evaluate Soil Health Planning Principles

June 10 – Managing for Soil Health in the Piedmont Area of the Southeast – A Farmer's Perspective

July 8 – Managing for Soil Health when Raising Potatoes – A Farmer's Perspective

August 12 – Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm – A Farmer's Perspective

To participate in the live webinars visit the Science & Technology Training Library. If you miss a topic, crop producers can replay the webinar there will also be to participate live and to replay webinars here.

Source: USDA-NRCS