Dig deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring with two preeminent soil health experts. “Dirt Rich” consists of a morning classroom portion followed by an afternoon of discussion and analysis in the field.
Dr. Williams, shown at right at our 2016 “Dirt Rich” field days, is a yearly speaker at SFA’s Midwest Soil Health Summit. He is a champion of the grass-fed beef industry as well as a leader in cutting-edge grazing methodology. Solberg is well-known as SFA’s Livestock & Grazing Specialist.
A limited number of scholarships are usually available to attend “Dirt Rich.” Geared toward ag service professionals, the scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Info: Wayne Monsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 712.
Dirt Rich 2017 | Aug. 8-9, Faribault; Aug. 10-11, Blue Earth
During “Dirt Rich” in 2017, each day began with a classroom session followed by lunch and then a caravan to a local farm. The programming included discussion from Allen and Kent on topics like:
- What is soil health and how can we influence?
- Soil physical, chemical and biological characteristics
- Use and benefits of cover crops
- Livestock integration and adaptive grazing
- Field visit of three fields under different management
- Soil health indicators and monitoring tools
- Soil Bio-profile Analysis and what it looks like in the field
- View examples of cover crops, reduced tillage and seeding techniques
- Grazing paddock size, design, fencing and water systems
- How to build a paddock
Field portions were held:
- Aug. 8 – Pork Chop Ridge Farm, a row crop operation at 16936 Cannon City Blvd, Faribault
- Aug. 9 – Hanappe Ranch, a grassfed beef operation at 3891 275th St. NW, Northfield
- Aug. 10 – Blue Dirt Farm, a row crop and livestock operation located at 7301 377th Ave., Blue Earth
- Aug. 11 – Linder Farms field on the north side of Kibble Equipment on the west side of Hwy 169 in Blue Earth.
Videos from Dirt Rich 2017