When it comes to caring for farmland and adopting the next generation of farming practices, there cannot be enough sharing. That’s the philosophy of the Soil Health Partnership, hosting its fourth year of field days this summer and fall within its network of more than 100 farms.
At the field days, Midwestern farmers can learn how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable. Field days planned
The organization plans about 70 field days throughout the summer and fall, with more events yet to be scheduled. Several field days are now open for registration including the following in Iowa:
July 12: Cinnamon Ridge Dairy Soil Health Field Day, Donahue, IA | Register
July 12: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Gaesser Soil Health Field Day 2507 Quince Ave. Corning, IA 50841|Register
July 13: Carter Soil Health Round Table 1578 Hwy 71, Audubon, IA 50025|Register
July 19: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bertness Soil Health Field Day 601 US Hwy 71, Sioux Rapids, IA| Register
July 26: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dial Soil Health Round Table Lake City, IA | Agenda | Register
Aug. 22: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bartman Soil Health Field Day Rock Valley, IA | Register
Aug. 30: Mueller Soil Health Field Day Waverly, IA | Register
“Whether you are brand new to the topics covered during a field walk, field day or round table discussion, or you are a seasoned soil health veteran, you can learn valuable information that will help your business,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership and National Corn Growers Association director of soil health and sustainability. “We know local information is most relevant to agronomists and other farmers, and this is a unique chance to learn from neighbors and other experts about what has worked in your area.”
Protecting and improving soil is one of the best opportunities for increased yield potential and water quality, erosion control and carbon mitigation, Goeser said.
The Soil Health Partnership is a data-driven program working to quantify the benefits of practices that support soil health, from an economic as well as environmental standpoint. An initiative of NCGA, the SHP works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.
For a list of field days, and to register, visit soilhealthpartnership.org. More dates will be added throughout the summer.
About the Soil Health Partnership
The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting both farmer profitability and the environment. The SHP tests, measures and advances progressive farm management practices that will enhance sustainability and farm economics for generations to come. SHP brings together diverse partners to work towards common goals. At least a ten-year scientific program led by the National Corn Growers Association, our vision is driven by initial and continuing funding and guidance from NCGA, Monsanto, the Walton Family Foundation, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative and USDA, with technical support from The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund. For more, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.