Ray Archuleta, a nationally recognized agronomist, soil scientist and co-founder of Soil Health Consultants will speak on the topic of soil health and farm profitability at a one-day workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at Baraboo Arts Center, 323 Water St., Baraboo.
Registration is $20 and includes lunch, refreshments and presentation materials.
Soil Health Consultants is a group that is ushering in a new era of regenerative agriculture that is resulting in more productive, profitable, and resilient farms across the globe. Archuleta, also known as “The Soil Guy,” uses props and visuals to demonstrate the value of soil structure and importance of soil biology.
Archuleta cites numerous examples of producers who incorporated soil health practices on their farms and saw increased yields, reduced input costs and weed pressure, and less compaction. Some have all but eliminated commercial fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides, relying exclusively on soil biology to protect their investments.
A panel of area farmers will also share their experience with soil health practices.
The Yankes of Echo-Y Farms near Loganville are strong advocates of soil health, having been 100 percent no-till for nearly 30 years and experimenting with cover crops since 2005. Echo-Y Farm was recognized earlier this year as the 2018 Conservation Farm Family of the Year for their conservation efforts.
Roger Bindl is also veteran no-till farmer having started the practice on his farm near Plain in the early 1980s. He started experimenting with cover crops in 2011 and has since incorporated multi species mixes into his corn, soybean, winter wheat, and alfalfa rotation. He was featured in No-Till Farmer Magazine in May 2018 discussing his experimentation with no-till farming.
Reserve a space by Feb. 1 be calling Justine Bula at 608-355-4842 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Continuing Education Credits are available for Certified Crop Advisers.