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NDSU to Hold Soil Health Workshops

This is an opportunity to get information on useful tools and to see hands-on demonstrations to explain the challenges associated with salt movement in soils.

The North Dakota State University soil health initiative group will hold a series of workshops in September to help producers start actively managing salinity issues. The workshops will be held on Sept. 3, 9, 17 and 19.

“This is an opportunity to get information on useful tools and to see hands-on demonstrations to explain the challenges associated with salt movement in soils,” says Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Service soil health assistant professor. “If you missed the annual soil health field day in August, this is your second chance to get the information you need.”

“Tools and Concepts to Actively Manage Salinity” is the title of the workshop on Sept. 3. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. on an NDSU Extension Traill County soil salinity plot, which is on the Dave and Paul Mueller farm near Cummings. To get there, take North Dakota Highway 200 off Interstate 29 and travel west to 162nd Avenue North East. From there, go north for one mile and then west one mile on Seventh Avenue North East.

Workshop topics include salinity basics, measuring and getting started on salinity management, and cropping and tiling options.

Lunch will be provided. To register, contact the Traill County Extension office at (701) 636-5665 or alyssa.scheve@ndsu.edu. For an accurate meal count, participants should register by Sept. 2.

“Getting a Grip on Salinity” is the name of the workshop scheduled for Sept. 9 in Barnes County. The workshop starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at noon. Lunch will be served.

Topics include salinity basics and demonstrations, getting your salinity number and what it means, and management approaches to tiling, cropping systems, cover crops and maximizing your approach.

From Valley City, go south 6.5 miles on North Dakota Highway 1. To register, call (701) 845-3114, ext. 3. For an accurate meal count, participants should register by Sept. 5.

“Management Tools for Saline and Sodic Soils” is the title of the workshop set for Sept. 17 at the Speich Seed Shop off North Dakota Highway 13 near DeLamere. Portions of the workshop also will take place at the Wehlander farm. Participants will be bused to the farm.

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

Topics include what to expect with salinity, salinity management options, where the salts are in the soil profile, other issues you may find in your fields (as shown in soil pits), basics of sodic soils, and identifying the issue and management options as shown through demonstrations and plots.

To register, contact the Sargent County Extension office at (701) 724-3355, ext 5. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by Sept. 15 for an accurate meal count.

“Salinity Management” is the title of the Sept. 19 workshop at the Burkland farm southwest of Grand Forks. To get to the Burkland farm, from U.S. Highway 2, go south four miles on County Road 5. From there, go 1.5 miles west on 14th Avenue North East.

Topics include salinity measurements and management options, such as cropping systems and tiling. Participants will be able to see how cover crops look below ground in soil pits and then learn about improving soil health.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To register, contact the Grand Forks County Extension office at (701) 780-8229 by Sept 16.


NDSU Agriculture Communication – Aug. 27, 2014

Source:Abbey Wick, (701) 231-8973, abbey.wick@ndsu.edu
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu
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