Soil Health with Kit -- Dunn County, WI
*Participants in this course who complete both the online and field training will receive the soil health testing kit. Participants will receive a rebate of $50 (or $75 credit towards the advance course) if they document using the kit on at least 5 different fields in the 9 months after training.
The online Intro to Soil Health course provides an overview of the importance of soil health to crop production and dives into the three primary characteristics of soil: the physical, chemical and biological. It also demonstrates easy-to-use field tests to identify current soil conditions and highlights the common practices that a farmer may choose to implement in order to improve soil health. 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 focuses 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 enhance participants’ data collection, communication and problem-solving skills through in-field case studies. This combination course (online training + field training + soil health kit) is subsided via an agreement with Wisconsin DNR. Field days will be scheduled in and near 9 Key Element watersheds. This introductory course is a prerequisite for a series of supplemental online soil health courses, including Soil Health - Cover Crops for Healthy Soils, Soil-Water Management and Soil Health Management Systems.