Soil Academy 2012 set for September 5

MSU Extension’s Soil Academy 2012 is a refresher course in soil science designed to help farmers, crop consultants and agribusiness understand more advanced topics in soil fertility and nutrient management.

The Soil Academy 2012 will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mason Technology Center, 474 S. Onondaga Road, Mason, Mich. (view map). We will discuss scientific vocabulary and on-farm practices needed to understand more advanced topics in soil fertility and nutrient management.

The event will feature USDA soil surveys and web applications, Michigan soil types, soil health and quality, soil fertility and nutrient management basics, GPS and variable rate technology, muck soil crop production, tours of the MSU field crop research plots and the MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory. Speakers from USDA, Michigan State University Extension, Dekalb/Asgrow, Jorgenson Elevator and other agencies will address the event.

This phase one session will serve as a primer to a comprehensive soil fertility and nutrient management phase two in winter 2013. The registration is $50 and is limited to 40 participants. The registration deadline is Aug. 15. Register online or view the brochure and mail-in registration form.

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