Feb 09 2012

Free Healthy Soil Workshops

Published by at 8:58 am under Farm Topics,Happenings,Soil Fertility

Healthy Soils Reduce Costly Inputs

Soil Health is the capacity of a Specific Soil to Function. Increase your understanding on how soils function and reduce your dependency on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fuel!

Morning Session: (8:30am to 12:00pm)
Ray Archuleta and David Lamm explain:
•    How the soil impacts water cycle functions
•    How to increase soil Biogeo-chemical nutrient cycling to reduce fertilizer use
•    How to improve organic matter
•    How aggregate stability improves soil function
•    How soil biology/ecology impacts soil function
•    How diverse covers improve soil function

Afternoon Session: (1:00pm to 4:00pm)
David Brandt (OH landowner) and Ray Styer (NC landowner) explain how they each individually reduced fertilizer and chemical usage by the implementation of soil health practices.
•    Chemical fertilizer reductions of 90 to 100 percent
•    Herbicide reductions of 75 to 90%.
•    Reduced fuel usage.
•    Landowner question and answer session!!!

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  1. Alethiaon 12 Mar 2012 at 11:59 am

    I attended the last workshop scheduled in Kentucky in before the team headed west. Did anyone else attend one of the workshops offered in Kentucky? I did not have great expectations when I went, but Ray Archuleta is passionate about his message and his message is applicable for both the conventional farmer and the organic farmer.

    For those who missed it, he is advocating combining no-till farming with cover cropping (mix of seeds legumes, grasses, and brassicas) so that the soil is never uncovered. Benefit: organic soil develops and minimizes soil erosion and eliminates the need for chemical farming. He is advocating this method will eliminate the need for pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and fungicides and herbicides! Isn’t that exciting! Since Ray Archuleta is now part of a national team of NRCS they are taking their message on the road across the country.

    I propose that we consider him for our keynote speaker for OAK 2013! He said his travel budget would pay his way–so that makes him a free speaker! Ray said that he will speak as a keynote and give a 1-1/2 hour presentation if we give him enough advance notice to schedule. If anybody else heard him speak, what do you think? I would love to hear him speak at our next conference.

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