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Experts at free workshop to explain how better soil produces better yields

Douglas County and Osage County conservation districts will host a workshop to help producers improve the health of their soil. “Better Soils = Better Yields” will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15, 2014, at the Worden United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall.

Speakers for the workshop will include David Brandt, an Ohio farmer, and Dale Strickler, Kansas Star Seed agronomist, local soil conservation district personnel, and the NRCS Soil Health Team.

Brandt switched to no-till on his corn, wheat, and soybean operation in 1971 and started experimenting with cover crops in 1979. “The quality of our soils and our reduced inputs show up on our balance sheets,” he says.

Strickler started cover cropping on rented ground in 1988. He bought his first farm in 2000 and converted it from a furrow-irrigated corn farm to a subsurface drip irrigated, management intensive grazing operation. Cover cropping has become an integral part of his operation and operations of farmers he works with.

Here’s the day’s agenda:

  • 8-8:30 a.m. – Registration, coffee and donuts
  • 8:30-8:50 a.m. – Welcome and overview Jim Weaver
  • 9-10 a.m. – Finding a place in your operation for cover crops, David Brandt
  • 10:05-11:05 a.m. – Cover crop timing, mixes, costs, Dale Strickler
  • 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Soil health, NRCS Soil Health Team
  • 12-12:30 p.m. – Lunch, Worden UMW, (please RSVP for lunch by July 8).
  • 12:30-1 p.m. – Q&A panel: David Brandt, Lee Broyles, Dale Strickler, Daniel Squires, Karen Willey, NRCS
  • 1 p.m. – Field visit: Best management practices, Daniel Squires, operator
  • 3 p.m. – Wrap up

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to the first 200 participants. RSVP (for lunch by July 8) and direct questions to Douglas County Conservation District at 785-843-4260 or [email protected], or Osage County Conservation District 785-828-3458 or [email protected].

The Worden United Methodist Church, 298 E. 900th Road, Baldwin City, is about 12 miles east of Overbrook on U.S. Highway 56.

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