NYLON – A soil expert is coming to Fillimore, Allegany County, to talk dirty…about soil.
According to a press release from CCE of Allegany County, expert Carol MacNeil will is their guest presenter at “Understanding and Managing Soils for Top Vegetable Production,” which will be Friday, April 15 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. on the property of Roy and Sylvia Stutzman at 10501 Rogers Road, Fillmore, NY.
“Soil is made up of minerals, live and dead organic material, and pore space for air and water,” said CCE in their press release. “The proportions and interactions of these parts determine whether a soil is healthy, supporting top crop production, or is in poor health, resulting in crop stress and increased soil-borne disease. Extra fertilizer can’t make up for poor soil health!”
Gardeners and any farmers are especially invited to attend.
The workshop will cover the biology, physical condition, and chemistry of a healthy, productive soil. The Cornell Soil Health Test will be described, and examples of test results on area vegetable soils will be shared.
Presenters will discuss ways to improve the health and productivity of your soil, demonstrate how to sample soil for an accurate nutrient analysis, and show the Cornell do-it-yourself pH Test Kit. Participants will have the opportunity to test their own soil if they bring a soil sample.
Part of this workshop will be in the field or hoop house.
Participants can preregister or walk in, but preregistration is helpful for determining the number of handouts needed, as well as the number of chairs.
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