Saturday, May 25, 2013

Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series Offered by Darke SWCD, June through November

The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Ohio State University Extension, Darke County will be jointly hosting a Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management workshop series beginning in June and wrapping up in November. This series will consist of four workshops – June, July, August and November – that will cover basic agronomy, how to obtain a proper soil sample, a tour of a soil lab, understanding and interpreting the results, recommendations and how to properly maintain and enhance your soils, and development of a field plan for 2014. The cost to participate in this workshop series will be $10.00. This registration fee will cover all of your meals, resource materials and soil samples for up to 50 acres. Space is limited, so call or email to reserve your spot today!

The first workshop will be June 25th at the Darke OSU Extension office on Wagner Avenue in Greenville beginning with a meal at 6:00pm. This first workshop will give an introduction to the series, cover how to properly collect a soil sample and discuss nutrient sources and concentrations. It is important to note that the Darke SWCD, through a series of grants and sponsorships, will cover two (2) samples to be tested from your farm. This workshop series will utilize your samples to walk you through understanding your soil fertility and nutrient management needs. You will need to turn in your soil samples at the office before the second meeting date.

The second workshop will take place on July 22nd. The group will meet at the Darke SWCD office at 9:00am before traveling to Brookside Labs in New Bremen. While there, we will tour the facility and visit with available technicians to understand the process of soil testing. This is when and where the samples you pull will be delivered for analysis. After the tour, the group will grab lunch before returning to Greenville.

The third workshop will be held on August 28th at the Darke County Parks’ Assembly Room, just off 503. This meeting will cover your soil sample test results and begin the process of interpreting and understanding the results for an analysis of your farm. We will also go over recommendations for the area and cover any environmental limits or concerns that may exist. Like the first meeting, this one will begin at 6:00pm with a meal.

Finally, the group will gather for a fourth and final workshop on November 12th. This will cover ways you can build upon or maintain your soil health by identifying practices you can utilize on your farm. The workshop series will end with an overview of the 4R Tomorrow program and a certificate of completion for all participants.

All workshops in the series will include a meal. The goal is to help you better understand how to identify and address the needs of your soil. Upon completion of the series, you will have a wider knowledge base and many reference materials to help you get the most out of your soil in a healthy manner.

“The benefits of proper nutrient management are two-fold: the farmer lowers inputs and environmental impairments are reduced. These are two goals any farmer should have because it relates to money and protecting their land,” said Greg McGlinch of the Darke SWCD.

This workshop wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation of the Darke SWCD; OSU Extension, Darke County; Menke Consulting; Brookside Laboratories and the support of our sponsors: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Top of Ohio RC&D Council and the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

If you are interesting in learning how to best manage your soil’s needs, sign up now for this workshop by calling the Darke SWCD at 937.548.1515, extension 3 or email

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