By Brent Pringnitz, Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources
Soil management and conservation is vital to the long-term success of any crop production system. Understanding and implementing successful soil management practices is the focus of the Iowa State University Soil Management Clinic on Sept. 14. Held at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) west of Ames, the clinic will offer a combination of classroom and field activities concentrating on soil properties and tillage effects.
Tom Fenton, ISU professor of agronomy, will speak on understanding soil properties and field variability. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU Extension soil and water management specialist, will cover soil quality measurements and conservation practices. Mark Hanna, ISU extension agricultural engineer, will lead field activities and discussions about soil-machine interactions, compaction and residue management.
Pre-registration by midnight Sept. 9 is required to attend this class; registration can be made online at the event website. Registration is $150 and includes lunch, breaks and class notebook. This program is approved for 5.0 soil and water management credits for Certified Crop Advisers.
For information about this and other courses offered by ISU Crops Extension and Outreach, please visit www.aep.iastate.edu or call (515) 432-9548.
Brent Pringnitz is coordinator of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Program Services and can be reached at (515) 432-9548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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