Dig Into Soil Health

A series of soil health summer field days are planned to help farmers get a first-hand look at adopting new practices. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Chances to learn more about the soil health movement abound this summer.

The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, is sponsoring a series of field days. The group works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and environmental groups.

The workshops explore improving soil health as a means to protect topsoil, manage extreme weather, increase profitability, protect water quality and sequester carbon. These practices include reducing tillage, growing cover crops and adopting advanced nutrient management strategies.

Monitor www.soilhealthpartnership.org for additional opportunities and to register. Here's a list of some of scheduled events:

July 12, Decatur, Illinois: "Strip-Till Demo Day"

July 17, Buffalo, Minnesota: Soil Health and Tillage Field Day

July 25, Hoopeston, Illinois: Strip-Till and Cover Crop Seeding Demo Day

July 26, Auburn, Illinois: Lake Springfield Watershed Soil Health Field Day

July 26, Chatsworth, Illinois: Strip-Till Systems and Soybean Cyst Nematode Management

August 8, Springview, Nebraska: Gangwish Field Day

Aug. 9, Golden, Illinois: Cover Crop Diversity and Soil Health

Sept. 4, Toluca, Illinois: Water Quality and Soil Health

Sept. 6, Decatur, Illinois: Cover Crops: Seeding Techniques and Soil Health

Sept. 14, Stockton, Illinois: Cover Crop Diversity and Soil Health

Pamela Smith can be reached at Pamela.smith@dtn.com

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