Soils and how to make them better will be focus of the 2012 Spring Soil Improvement Workshop and Field Day on Wednesday in Kingman, sponsored by the South Central Kansas Residue Alliance.
The event will be held at the Kingman Christian Church, 501 N. Main and will feature some well-known names in the no-till cropping world.
The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts hosted by the Kingman County Conservation District.
Dwayne Beck, from Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, S.D. will present a program titled "Crop Rotations, A System Essential," at 9 a.m., followed by a presentation on "Biology of Soil Compaction" presented by James Hoorman, Assistant professor at Ohio State University Extension.
Hoorman will present another program on "Soil Ecology and Nutrient Management" after a break, with the program starting at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be catered by Ray's Countryside Catering and is sponsored by South Central Kansas Residue Alliance.
The afternoon program will offer presentations by Beck on "Cover and Forage Crops" and Hoorman talking about "Cover Crop Economics."
The final session of the day will begin at 2:15 and will feature a soil quality demonstration by a panel of no-till farmers and Beck will close the meeting with a presentation titled "Putting the System Together."
The South Central Kansas Residue Alliance is open to all farmers interested in learning more about no-till practices and their impact on the environment and the life and sustainability and improvement of the soil and subsoil infrastructure.
The mission statement of the Alliance is "To build soil health and improve the quality of life, now and forever."
Counties included in the SCKRA are Barber, Comanche, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner.