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Soil healthy seminar June 5 in Ames

By Staff | Jun 3, 2013

AMES – Nationally recognized, soil health experts, Ohio farmer Dave Brandtand, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and conservation agronomist Ray Archuleta, during a daylong seminar on Wednesday in Ames.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus.

“Many of our soils are naked, hungry, thirsty and running a fever,” said State Conservationist Jay Mar with the NRCS in Des Moines. “These meetings area great opportunity to learn more about the important basics of soil function and biology, and how diverse cover crops can improve the soil’s ability to infiltrate water, resist drought and erosion, improve nutrient cyclingand produce healthy abundant crops.”

Topics will included signing cover crop mixes, cover crop management systems, soil function demonstrations and sharing results from on-farm case studies.

No preregistration or admission fee will be required to attend.

A 45-minute break is provided for participants for lunch, whichis not provided as part ofthe seminar.

Field demonstrations will be available, but attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to them.

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