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Learn About Soil Health

Posted: December 5, 2014

Healthy soils promote sustainable high yields; but what does healthy soil look like? Penn State Extension in cooperation with the PA No-till Alliance, NRCS, and local sponsors is hosting soil health workshops at four locations across the state. Participants will learn about the factors which affect soil health and how soil health differs from soil fertility. Each workshop lasts for three hours and will have presentations, demonstrations and time for discussion. Soil health is a broad topic, which is affected by many soil physical factors and management practices.

Topics which affect soil health and quality that we will explore include: Manure and fertility effects on soil health, Soil biological life and organic matter, Can I measure soil health?, Why year round living roots are important, How cover crops affect soil health, No-till benefits to soil health, Managing surface residues and cover crop termination, and finally Equipment considerations.

There is no cost to attend any of these sessions, however reservations are greatly appreciated. Local programming details may vary. Penn State Extension Soil Health Workshops will be offered at the following times and locations. For details and reservations, please contact the office at your location of choice. The dates are:

  • Dec. 12th Crawford County, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. 13400 Dunham Rd., Meadville 814-333-7460
  • Dec. 16th Lancaster County, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster 717394-6851
  • Dec. 17th Bradford County, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, Stoll Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Rd. Towanda 570-928-8941
  • Dec 19th Berks County, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m, Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport 610-378-1327.

(Contributed by Leon J. Ressler, District 17 Director as part of his Now Is The Time Column for December 6, 2014.)