Nebraska Soil Health School

April 24, 2024
UNL’s High Plains Ag Lab, 3257 Rd. 109, Sidney

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will host a Nebraska Soil Health School, sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on Wednesday, April 24, at UNL’s High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL), 3257 Rd. 109, Sidney.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a welcome from the event’s organizer, Bijesh Maharjan, UNL associate professor.

7:30                 Registration and Refreshments

8:15-8:20         Welcome from Bijesh Maharjan, Associate Professor of Soil and Nutrient Management

8:20-8:30         Address by NRCS State Conservationist

8:30-9:20         Soil Health – Byproduct of improved soil and crop management practices: Gary Peterson, CSU Professor Emeritus

9:20-9:30         Discussion/Break

9:30-10:20       Impact of tillage, biochar, and cover crops on soils at the High Plains Ag Lab: Cody Creech, UNL Associate Professor and Fenster Professor of Dryland Agriculture

10:20-10:30     Discussion/Break

10:30-11:20     Soil health measurement and carbon market: Bijesh Maharjan, UNL Associate Professor and Jessica Groskopf, UNL Extension Educator Economics

11:20-11:30     Discussion/Break

11:30-12:20     Impacts of tillage systems, crop residues, and cover crops on soil water and yield in semi-arid dryland systems: David Nielsen, Retired USDA-ARS Research Agronomist

12:20-12:30     Discussion

12:30-1:30       Lunch

1:30-2:30         NRCS Soil Health Demonstrations and Live Rainfall Simulator: Carlos Villarreal, USDA-NRCS State Soil Scientist and Riley Hackbart, Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS

2:30-4:00         Research Plot Tours

For more information or questions, email or call (308) 632-1230

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