Northwest PA Spring Soil Health Workshop, May 23


        Learn how to profit by improving the health of your soil and crops at the Soil Health Workshop on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  The workshop will highlight sound ecological farming practices such as the use of cover crops and no-till techniques.  Nationally recognized experts will bring you up to date on the use of cover crops, soil (pit) analysis, and will demonstrate no-till planter features and adjustment. The workshop will be held at Griebel's Dairy Farm located at 290 Dairy Lane, Lucinda, PA 16235. This is just off of Route 66 8 miles north of Shippenville exit 60 on Interstate 80.

        Ray Archuleta, a 23-year veteran soil scientist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, will talk about his passion - healthy soil - as the foundation of healthy agricultural systems.  He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and is a conservation agronomist at the USDA-NRCS East National Technology Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ray is well known for his dynamic and entertaining presentations, and some of his past presentations can be seen on YouTube.

        Jim Hoorman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Extension, The Ohio State University.  He has worked as an Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator and Cover Crop and Water Quality Extension Specialist in Mercer County, Ohio   Jim will talk about the benefits of cover crops and no till - how they impact a farm's economics while improving water quality.  Jim and Ray are both strong proponents of "ECO" Farming - a concept they formulated along with the Ohio No Till Council which stands for Eternal no-till, Continuous living cover, and other best management practices.

        Joel Myers is a Centre County farmer and retired State Agronomist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania. He has promoted no-till through field days, no-till workshops and other programs in Pennsylvania. Joel will demonstrate how to properly set up no till equipment based on his personal farm experience.  He has spoken several times at the National No-Till Conference, and has supported and helped start three regional no-till groups in Pennsylvania.  He has also been working with researchers and equipment representatives to address the issues of managing manure in no-till systems.

        There is no charge for the field day, however Headwater's RC&D is taking registrations to make certain a lunch will be available.  Walk-ins are welcome but lunch may not be available without pre-registering.  The registration can be made by contacting Brittany Dittemore at Headwaters RC&D Council or by calling 814-503-8653.