Workshop To Cover Sustainable Farming, Soil Health

South Central Kansas Reisdue Alliance Workshop to focus on soil health and sustainable farming strategies.

Published on: Feb 18, 2013

The agenda is ready for the 2013 South Central Kansas Residue Alliance Soil Improvement Spring Workshop.

This year's workshop will be in Pratt at the Area 4-H Center, 81 Lake Road, on March 12.The Pratt County Conservation District will serve as host.

The workshop opens with Registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. with the first speaker taking the podium at 8:45 when Ray Archuleta, Natural Resources Conservation Agronomist from Greensboro, N.C,.  and a North Carolina Soil Quality Team Leader will speak on the topic "An Agronomist Perspective of Soil Health as it Relates to Sustainable Agriculture."

Also on the agenda are Rick Haney from USDA Agricultural Research Lab in Temple, Texas speaking on the topic "Soils Testing for Soil Health and Jon Stika, NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist, Dickinson Area Office in Dickinson, N.D. on the topic, "Soil Health Strategies I."

SUMMER FIELD TRIP: Members of the South Central Kansas Residue Alliance check out a field of cover crops during the summer field trip last September.
SUMMER FIELD TRIP: Members of the South Central Kansas Residue Alliance check out a field of cover crops during the summer field trip last September.

Lunch will be provided by Ray's Countryside Catering from Wichita.

On the afternoon program, Archuleta will discuss cover crops and their benefits while Stika will present the second half of his soil health strategies workshop.

Panel discussion

The program will close with a farmer panel joining the speakers for a discussion. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions or offer comments on their own experiences.

Closing out the day will be a raffle that will include 2014 registrations for No-till on the Plains Winter Conference.

Producers interested in attending the spring workshop need to contract Sheryl Stevenson, Pratt Co. Conservation district. The phone number is 620-672-7449.  The email address is Sheryl.stevenson@ks.nacdnet.net.

The South Central Kansas Residue Alliance was formed to increase interest in promoting soil health and encouraging conservation practices including no-till and minimum till farming practices. The SCKRA includes Barber, Comanche, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties.