Crops, Programming

Soil & Water In-Field Day

Soil & Water In-Field Day

Last year I helped coordinate a soils field day for Nebraska ag teachers which focused on understanding how the overall health of the soil relates to the productivity of the land. This spurred a lot of interest, thus a workshop is now open to the public who want to learn how improving and maintaining soil quality is essential to the productivity of land for current and future use. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension‘s physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil and water clinic will provide hands-on training.


The Aug. 28 workshop will be conducted at the UNL’s Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead. This training session is conveniently located a short driving distance from Omaha, Lincoln and Wahoo. The coordinator of this event, UNL Extension educator Keith Glewen says the in-field training is ideal for agribusiness professionals and those who work with soil and water management. “The training provides 7.5 total Certified Crop Advisor credits in nutrient management and soil and water management. It can be challenging to find that many credits focusing on these topics. We have a well-versed line up of speakers addressing soil and water topics which, of course, are the cornerstones of our food production system.”

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The training begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration required. All registrants will be sent a confirmation letter, receipt and finalized schedule. Space is limited and registration is not guaranteed unless payment is received. Cancellations received one week before the clinic will receive a full refund.

In the event of program cancellation by UNL, pre-registered participants will be contacted and will receive a full refund. UNL is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants.

Registration before Aug. 21 is $160; $210 after. Fees include training, lunch and reference materials.

For more information or to register, contact the ARDC CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033, call (800) 529-8030, fax (402) 624-8010, e-mail or visit the Web.

Topics include:  Physical, Chemical and Biological Properties of Soil and Water: The Cornerstone of the Human Race; Cover Crops for Improving the Soil; Infiltration Test and Organic Matter; Soil Temp., Electrical Conductivity, pH, N and P tests; Irrigation and Soil Water; Using Solvita Respiration Tests and N Flush; Soil Profile and Positioning of Landscape; and Management Considerations to Improve the Physical, Chemical and Biological Properties of Soil.

Certified Crop Adviser credits of 7.5 (2 in nutrient management and 5.5 water management) have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.

 Source: IANR News- July 30, 2013 (Glewen & Karstens)

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