Joel Myers, a soils and no-till expert from Pennsylvania, has been invited to share strategies for improving soil health of crop fields at the Summer Soil Health Field Day, August 21 in Enosburg Falls.
The free event for farmers will be held at the Gervais Family Farm No. 2 (753 Davis Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain and the U. S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The deadline to register is Aug. 17. Lunch, sponsored by Champlain Valley Equipment, is included.
Farmers may register online at http://bit.ly/1IoSrpm or call Susan Brouillette at (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont) or (802) 524-6501. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call Susan by Aug. 10.
Myers will lead a session in the morning on soil health, covering nutrient management, crop residue management and agronomic conservation practices such as no-till planting systems, among other topics. Now retired, he worked for NRCS in Pennsylvania for 41 years, the last 16 as the state agronomist.
In addition, Vermont NRCS and UVM staff will provide a demonstration of the impacts of various tillage and management systems on soil health, runoff and infiltration using a rainfall simulator. The event concludes with field and equipment demonstrations led by UVM Extension on cover cropping, no-till and manure management including a highboy seeder, interseeder, no-till drill and manure dragline systems.