Whether growing crops for commercial agriculture or for a home garden, without healthy soil, crops will struggle. University of Nevada, Reno Extension offers an online series of six workshops to help growers understand and manage soil health.
“Healthy soil is the key to successful agricultural production,” said Maninder K. Walia, assistant professor of extension and field crop specialist, who organized the series of workshops. “By knowing what your soil is made of, how it works, and ways to manage soil to support short- and long-term soil health, growers can prevent many problems and make their jobs easier, as well as make their harvests more bountiful. .”
Soil Health Workshops are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m., November 30-December 16. Nevada Department and Environmental Protection Division. The workshops are free, but registration is required for each event. The workshops include:
Fundamentals of Soil Health, November 30, presented by Walia. Walia will discuss the basics of soil health, including soil properties and principles, and indicators of soil health. Register for the Fundamentals of Soil Health workshop.
How soil works December 2, presented by James Komar, State Soil Scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Komar will discuss soil functioning, the ecological framework of soil function, soil behavior and responses to disturbances, and methods for optimizing soil function to meet ecological and human goals. Register for the How Soil Works Workshop.
Cover Crops – Nature’s Way, December 7, presented by Marlon Winter, Regional Soil Health Specialist, Soil Health Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Winger will discuss cover crop functional groups, the food quality of several species and the attributes they provide, as well as examples of pasture covers in Intermountain West. Sign up for the Cover Crops – Nature’s Way workshop.
Soil salinity: causes, effects and management options, December 9, presented by Paul Verburg, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of soil science in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Verburg will discuss the processes that cause soils to become saline, how soil salinity can impact soil health and agricultural production, and options to help manage saline soils. Register for the Soil Salinity Workshop.
Annual winter cover crop systems for soil health restoration and forage benefits, December 14, presented by Juan Solomon, University of Nevada, Reno Associate Professor of Agronomy in the Department of Agricultural, Veterinary and Range Sciences. Solomon will discuss the dual-use benefits of different annual winter cover crop systems (both ecosystem and soil health benefits), and their forage potential that can offset crop establishment costs. coverage in Nevada. Register for the Winter Annual Cover Crop Systems Workshop.
Prevent soil erosion on agricultural land: implement soil conservation practices to improve soil health and water quality, Dec. 16, presented by Chuck Schembre, Environmental Specialist, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. Schembre will discuss common soil erosion issues on agricultural land, the impact of erosion on watersheds, leaching of nutrients to water bodies, best management and soil health practices for preventing and mitigating the adverse effects of erosion, and how soil health can be used to improve watersheds while increasing the resilience of farms and ranches. Register for the Preventing Soil Erosion on Agricultural Land workshop.
Registration is required for each workshop. An email with the Zoom link will be sent after a participant registers for a workshop. For more information, contact Linda Brown at ext., 775-423-5121, ext. 221, or send him an e-mail. People requiring special assistance should notify the organizers three days prior to the event.