Soil Health Field Day set for Oct. 24

You are invited to join area farmers, industry partners and soil and water specialists for a field day Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yoder farm near Leonard, Missouri. Sponsored by Soil Health Partnership and the Missouri Corn and Soybean Merchandising Councils, this half-day event will include a science-based, hands-on look at cover crops, along with soil health and drainage water management. Often called the next frontier in agriculture, research shows the benefits of nurturing soil health include improved crop yield, increased drought resilience, better flood resistance and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. Participants can also learn more about Missouri’s effort to measure the water quality benefits of these practices using edge of field water monitoring.

The location will be the Joshlin Yoder Farm, 1009 Hwy B, Leonard, Missouri.

Speakers and topics will include:

  • Abigail Peterson, NCGA Soil Health Partnership – What’s the Soil Health Partnership all about and how are growers becoming involved in Missouri?
  • Darrick Steen, Missouri Corn and Missouri Soybean – Learn how Missouri Corn and Soybean Merchandising Councils are measuring the water quality benefits of practices using edge of field water monitoring.
  • Kelly Nelson, Research Agronomist University of Missouri Greenley Research Farm – Using Drainage Water Management and Recycling to boost production and water quality.
  • David Doctorian, USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist – Demonstrating the NRCS Rainfall Simulator and explaining NRCS Cover Crop Cost-Share Programs.
  • Matt Hill, MFA, Inc. and Natural Resources Conservation Specialist – Moderator of the Missouri Soil Health Partnership grower panel.

Pre-registration for the field day is encouraged. Please RSVP to Becky Frankenbach at [email protected] or Christine Tew at [email protected]. Additional information can also be found at