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Sustaining Healthy Soils and Conservation Agriculture

May 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

2015 Market Farming Workshops

Sustaining Healthy Soils and Conservation Agriculture

K-State Research and Extension – Douglas County

2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS 66046

Thursday – May 28, 2015

9:00am – 3:30pm

Sustaining soil health is an important aspect for maintaining the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of any farming operation. For fruits and vegetables, this can be a difficult task due to the intensive nature of the production systems.   This advanced soil management workshop will focus on easily-adoptable practices and conservation agriculture technologies for fruit and vegetable growers. Steve Woodruff, Agronomist from USDA NRCS in North Carolina, has vast expertise in managing soils and will be sharing his experiences related to implementing soil management principles on  the farm.  We will  also have hands-on activities including a  farm tour and a  rainfall simulator demonstration. All commercial fresh fruit and vegetable producers are encouraged to attend this event.


9:00-9:45 Principles of Sustaining Soil Health – Steve Woodruff, Agronomist, USDA NRCS, East NationalTechnology, Greensboro, NC
9:45-10:30 Benefits of Cover Crops and Recommendations for the Great Plains – DeAnn Presley, KSU Extension Specialist, Environmental Soil Science and Management
10:45-11:15 The Role of Healthy Soils in Water Conservation – Peter Tomlinson, KSU Water Quality ExtensionSpecialist, KSU Agronomy
11:30-12:00 Rainfall Simulator Demonstration – Peter Tomlinson, and Steve Woodruff and DeAnn Presley
12:00-1:00  Lunch provided


1:00-1:45 Implementing Soil Conservation Tactics on the Farm – Steve Woodruff, Agronomist, USDA NRCS
1:45 – 2:15 No-Till and Soil Conservation Research at KSU – Cary Rivard, KSU Fruit and Vegetable ExtensionSpecialist, KSU Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center
2:30-3:30  Farm Tour – Tom Buller,  Buller Family Farm – Lawrence, KS


This workshop is being brought to you by K-State Research and Extension, a partner of the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this event is $30 and includes lunch.  Click here to register online. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Kimberly Oxley at  koxley@ksu.edu.


May 28, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


K-State Research and Extension – a partner of Growing Growers Kansas City


Douglas County Extension Building
2110 Harper Street
Lawrence, KS 66046 United States
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