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Soil Quality Workshop Sept. 12 in Morris

WORTHINGTON Minn. What does soil quality mean? Why is it so important? How do we measure it and how can we impact soil quality with our management practices? Hear experts from the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service address these questions and more at the "Soil Quality Workshop". This program will be held at two locations: Monday, Sept. 12 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, and Tuesday, Sept.13 at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.

ach workshop will start with check-in at 8:00, with the program running from 8:30 to 4:30. This program is sponsored by U of MN Extension, The Ohio State University, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Speakers include: Deborah Allen-U of MN Soil Scientist, Don Reicosky-Retired Soil Scientist with the USDA-ARS, George Derringer-Resource Soil Scientist with the USDA-NRCS, Jim Hoorman-Cover Crops and Water Quality Specialist with Ohio State University, Jeff Vetsch-U of MN Assistant Scientist in Soils, Jodi DeJong-Hughes-U of MN Extension Educator in Crops, Rafiq Islam-Ohio State University Research Scientist and Randall Reed-Ohio State University Extension Ag Engineer.

Participants are asked to bring along two dry soil samples, one of a "good" soil and one of a "poor" soil that they will analyze at the workshop using a soil quality field test. Participants will also see soil pits comparing "good" and "poor" soil.

While this program is targeted to educators, ag professionals, and agency personnel, growers are also welcome to attend. There is a nominal fee for attending to help cover program costs ($20 by Sept 2nd, $30 after), while the total fee is $75 for those attendees wishing to have continuing education credits (CEUs) processed. 7.5 CEUs have been applied for (6.5 soil and water credits and 1.0 crop management credits).

Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 7th and space is limited. To register for the Morris location, go to To register for the Waseca location, go to To see a complete agenda and for further details, visit

Questions? Contact the Worthington Regional Extension Office/Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 or Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about soil quality and what you can do to best manage it for long-term productivity and profits!


Lizabeth Stahl and is an Extension Educators with the University of Minnesota.