Make Your Soil Smoke and Load Your Tool Box for Optimum Soil Health
Watch smoke rise from the ground during certified soil scientist Frank Gibbs’ demonstration of how water percolates in tiled fields with various soil structures. Learn about the importance of soil structure to water holding capacity as well as techniques to manage and improve soil quality, all while reducing direct pathways for nutrient displacement. Determine how best to build your management strategy tool box including: the 4-R’s (Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time and Right Place) and various drainage conservation practices to help ensure a safer water supply and improve your soil quality.
Frank Gibbs is a certified professional soil scientist, professional wetland scientist, certified professional soil classifier, certified crop consultant, certified interagency wetland delineator, a national interagency hydric soil and wetland delineation instructor, past president of the Association of Ohio Pedologists and past chair of the Ohio Soil Scientist Certification Board for the Soil Science Society of America. After retiring from a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Gibbs formed Wetland and Soil Consulting Services, LLC.
Travels have taken him to Holland visiting Dutch dairies and giving presentations at the University of Wageningen. He’s also traveled to Nepal, trekking to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world, Tengboche, a 2-hour walk below Everest Base Camp. In 2008, he visited the Andes in Ecuador and the Amazon Basin. His last trip was to Western Tibet in June 2011.
He has received so many awards that he can’t fit them all on the walls of his office. This includes a recent award at the National No-Tillage Conference in January 2015. Frank is the fifth generation to reside on and operate the family farm near Rawson, Ohio. He also makes stained glass windows.