Soil Health Workshop on January 27 in Salem

Soil Health Workshop on January 27 in Salem


The Southern Region Soil Health Workshop on January 27, 2015 in Salem, IN will take a well-rounded look at the topic of soil health.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a variety of expert presentations and a farmer panel.soil_health_workshop_explore_cost_saving_conservation_practices_1_635542843921597453

Speakers include Don Robison (Robison Farms) on Cover Crops of Economics, Larry Huffmeyer (CCSI Farmer/Winfield Solutions) on Sprayer Droplet Size and Herbicide Resistant Weeds, Scott Brown (Murray State University) on Water Hardness in Relation to Glyphosate Performance, and Brian MacGowen (Purdue University) on Vole and Slug Pest Control.

“I think that this speaker lineup will help alleviate some of the most common concerns about cover crops and no-till that I hear around the state, like ‘Is there money in cover crops?’ or worries about resistant weeds in a no-till system,” commented Lisa Holscher, the Soil Health Program Manager for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

David Hoar, a local landowner and operator who has attended past soil health workshops, said, “It has been worth my time to learn about soil health. Incorporating these practices, including 900 acres of cover crops, has been very important to my operation.”

This will be the fourth year for this educational event, which reflects a growing public interest in soil health management practices. Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Jim Brown explained, “We are on the edge of a great revolution in terms of thinking about soil health as a complete system for agricultural production.”

Advance registration for the event is required by January 20, and can be completed by contacting the Washington County SWCD at (812) 883-3704, extension 3, or online at The workshop will take place in Cornerstone Hall (1700 N. Jim Day Road, Salem, IN 47167).

The $10.00 workshop fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, and informational handouts. Commercial Applicator Credits and Certified Crop Advisor Credits are available at no additional cost. Private Applicator Credits are available for a $10.00 fee. Questions about credits may be directed to Danielle Walker at (812) 883-4601.

The workshop is organized by the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Purdue Extension, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI), and the Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Project. The SWCD and partners are equal opportunity providers and accommodations for those who need them will be provided; simply contact the SWCD at (812) 883-3704 ext. 3 at least 10 days prior to the event.