Soil health workshop targets farmers

A fall soil health workshop is being hosted by the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Land Stewardship Initiative from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration.

Adam Daugherty, the district conservationist from Coffee County, Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Daugherty will share the results from a three-year study involving 18 producers, 58 fields and over 2,200 acres in a corn, diverse cover crop and soybean rotation.

In his talk, “Moving from No-Till to a Higher Functioning Agro-Economical System,” he will present what strides these fields made physically, biologically and economically. He also will share many of the management techniques that were used and evolved with the transition of no-till into enhanced no-till and eventually into higher functioning ecological systems.

An open question and answer discussion time will take place before lunch. Whether someone is an experienced no tiller looking to take things to the next level, or a farmer new to cover cropping, Daugherty will share his experiences.

Registration is free, and a free lunch will be provided with a grant from the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District Endowment through the Dubois County Community Foundation.

Participants may attend a hands-on discovery of soil health in the field after lunch. They will learn indicators they can use in their own fields to maintain and improve their soil for future generations.

Space is limited. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Aug. 22. If any special accommodation to participate is needed, let people know when registering. The workshop will be held in the Vincennes University Jasper Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.

Contact Melissa Ruschau at or call the SWCD 812-482-1171, ext. 3, to reserve a spot.

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