Workshop targets soil health, cover crops

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 5, 2020 12:30 am Updated: Jan. 5, 2020 1:44 am

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- A Jan. 24 workshop in Monroe City will target common soil health and cover crop questions.

The third annual NEMO/WCIL Soil Health Workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

"This workshop and others like it is the best way for folks to come and listen firsthand to producers, university folks and folks on the research side that have experience with it," said Lucas Brass, resource conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Ralls County.

Topics include reducing costs in a soil health system, the importance of carbon and how to manage it, planting into green covers and increasing stock density to increase profitability.

Featured speakers include Adam Chappell, a fourth generation farmer from east central Arkansas, who will focus on the "dollars and cents" of cover cropping.

"That was something folks wanted to hear about -- the economics of it all," Brass said.

Chappell shifted from frequent tillage on his land to no-till and integrating cover crops, and "if they can make it work down there, we should be able to apply some of those principles in this area," Brass said.

Arkansas State University professor Steven Green will focus on understanding carbon and its role as well as getting cover crops to break down.

Afternoon breakout sessions will target livestock producers. Lifelong northern Missouri cattle producer Doug Peterson will talk about stock density, "trying to increase our animal numbers on maybe smaller areas of land, pasture or grazed overs and moving those animals more frequently to really better utilize every square inch that we can," Brass said, and David Otte with Green Valley Seed will highlight soil health and cover crops.




Registration for the third annual NEMO/WCIL Soil Health Workshop, due Jan. 17, and more information are available by calling Ralls County SWCD at 573-985-8611, ext. 3, and online at Continuing education units have been approved for the workshop.