Thursday, October 26, 2017

Register Now for Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series Beginning in November

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As the farm economy becomes tighter and the environmental pressure greater on farmers, understanding your soil fertility and nutrient needs becomes increasingly important. The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will again be hosting the Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series beginning in November. This is a four-part workshop that begins with the basics and ends with a farm plan for up to 50 acres on your farm. Registration is $25.00, but space is limited. Register early to guarantee your spot in this workshop geared toward helping farmers better understand soil needs and efficient nutrient use.

The Darke SWCD along with its partners at Shelby SWCD, OSU Extension, Otte Ag LLC, and Wright State-Lake Campus are excited to announce another round of this workshop series. Your $25.00 registration includes meals, reference materials, and two soil samples. That’s over a $100.00 value! Thanks to our partners and other funding sources, we are able to offer this at an affordable rate of $25.00. The workshop series will be held at the North Star Community Center and includes a tour of Brookside Lab in New Bremen. Here are the important dates to remember: November 13th, December 4th, January 9th and January 22nd. All meetings, except for the lab tour, will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The lab tour on January 9th will begin at 10:00 AM.

Each workshop will begin with a meal followed by presentations related to environmental stewardship, basic agronomy, commercial fertilizers, manures, nitrogen testing, Tri-State Fertility Recommendations, the fertilizer value of manure, and development of a farm plan based on the Tri-State Spreadsheet. Participants will be given a binder full of reference materials, record sheets and each speaker’s presentation. The binder is meant to be a tool and reference guide when the workshop is complete.

If you are a Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) or a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), participation in this workshop will earn you credits toward keeping your certification(s) current. Each session will have a sign-in sheet to verify attendance and proper disbursement of credit hours.

Registrations will be accepted until the class is full, space is limited to 30 people. Registration isn’t complete until you have paid the $25.00 registration fee. For more information please visit or call 937.548.1715, extension 3. Make $25.00 registration payable to Darke SWCD and mail or drop off at 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Understanding the benefits of proper nutrient management are two-fold, lower input costs and reduced environmental impairments. These are two goals any farmer should have because they relate to money and protecting the land. Given recent water quality events around Ohio and the nation, agriculture is under the microscope when it comes to nutrient use and management. Register today for the Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series to help improve your farms bottom line and impact on the environment.

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