Dodge Co. Farmers Hosting Soil Health Expo

Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water will review the group’s progress from the past year and explore what’s next for conservation during its Soil Health Expo on Feb. 7. 

Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water is a nonprofit farmer-led conservation group whose members explore farming strategies that lead to improved soil health, greater farming efficiency, sustained profitability, and reduced environmental impact. Members share information gained through field trials with fellow farmers and strive to foster an understanding of the role of agriculture in the community.

The event is at the Juneau Community Center at 500 Lincoln Drive in Juneau from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. — Coffee/donuts, networking and vendors, poster sessions, registration
  • 10 a.m. — Welcome and 2023 DCF year in review, Tony Peirick, president
  • 10:15 a.m. — 2023 conservation outcomes, Shawn Wesener, Farmers for Sustainable Food
  • 10:30 a.m. — Roots Not Iron: 50 Years of Cover Crops, Blake Vince, no-till farmer from Ontario, Canada
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. — Running the Numbers for Adding Wheat in Your Rotation, Jeff Hadachek,
    UW-Extension specialist in ag and applied economics
  • 1:30 p.m. — Lightning Talks
    — State agriculture department’s nitrogen optimization pilot project – nitrogen rate trial
    for 2023, Bill Stangel, Soil Solutions Consulting
    — Rye cover crop termination timing and weed suppression, Jim Stute, independent research agronomist
    — Comparing soil sensor data: How soil health fields compared to conventional fields in the
        2023 drought, Greg Olson, The Sand County Foundation field projects director           
  • 2:30 p.m. — Closing comments, Tony Peirick
  • 2:45 p.m. — Public program concludes

Get more information at the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water’s website: https://dodgecountyfarmers.com/