Soil Health - Cover Crops for Healthy Soils, Online plus 2016 Field Day
The online Cover Crops for Healthy Soils course will introduce participants to the basics of using cover crops to improve soil health. Course materials will provide an understanding of the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits of using cover crops in diverse agricultural systems, as well as common barriers to cover crop implementation. Participants also will be introduced to common cover crop species and their potential agronomic benefits and challenges. In addition, this course will guide participants through the process of assisting producers in the proper selection, establishment, management and termination of cover crop species to meet specific soil health and production system goals. The online portion of this course must be completed before the field training.
The Wisconsin field training will build on the online course topics through hands-on activities and farm scenarios. It will also focus on the evaluation of various agricultural practices on soil health parameters and the selling of these concepts to producers. Participants will utilize basic evaluation methods to document soil, water and plant properties in the field. Activities will develop participants’ data collection, communication and problem-solving skills through in-field case studies.
Students may enroll in the online course between now and November 30, 2016, and have until December 31, 2016 to complete the online portion. Field training site(s) will depend on the locations of the online student participants, and will be held after the online course is complete.
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