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Soils 101 workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Soils 101 is an intensive 8-hour class that provides a hands-on teaching environment designed to provide a basic understanding of soil science principles to producers and crop consultants. The class is beneficial for anyone who has never had a soils class and for the soils enthusiast. Join us for an intensive day of soils training and continuing education; be sure to bring your soil test results and any soil management questions. Class size is limited to 15 participants to insure interactive learning.

This class will help you understand and manage soil quality, which will enhance yield production and soil productivity, increase fertilizer efficiency, decrease tillage operations, and help growers and agronomists make better decisions concerning their farming systems.

Topics to be covered include understanding the physical aspects of our soil: aggregation, bulk density, compaction, erosion, and tillage management; understanding the soil chemical aspects: N, P, K cycling, organic matter contributions, CEC, pH; and managing for healthy soils by understanding and increasing the biodiversity. You will discuss and explore soil texture: sand, silt and clay and the value of soil organic matter.

The instructor is Jodi DeJong-Hughes who has a MS degree in Soil Fertility in Agronomy from ISU and 16 years of experience with the University of Minnesota Extension. She works with producers pertaining to tillage management, soil quality, and compaction issues across Minnesota.

The Soils 101 Workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov ember 13 in St. Charles at the St. Charles City Hall, 830 Whitewater Ave, St. Charles, Minn. from at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This workshop is being hosted by University of Minnesota Extension Winona County with Winona County Extension Educator Jake Overgaard hosting.

The success of the program is largely due to the participation of the producers, small class size (limited to 15 people), hands on activities and an easy to understand format. CCA’s can self-report for 4 CEU’s in Soil and Water, 2 CEU’s in Nutrient Management, and 2 CEU’s in Crop Management.

Past participants comments include: “I really enjoyed exploring a topic I knew virtually nothing about. Jodi is very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and can talk farmer.”

“Good information around compaction and “soil care” to help avoid issues that last for years.”

Cost $75 per person lunch, refreshments and handout materials included. The brochure can be seen at

Please send registration & payment to: U of MN Extension - Hennepin County, Attn: Soils 101, 479 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, Minn. 55344

For more information please contact: Jake Overgaard, U of M Extension – Winona County, 507-457-6440,

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