SWCD plans agronomy workshop


January 10, 2014

The Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with other agriculture agencies to sponsor the 2014 Agronomy Workshop and Expo Feb. 7.

The free day-long event at All Occasions Catering in Waldo will include seminars and vendors focused on agriculture and conservation techniques.

“We have some very engaging speakers who have the latest information,” said Bonnie Dailey, a streams and watershed conservationist with the Delaware SWCD. “We’re going to be dealing with weed issues that Ohio is experiencing and we’re going to have information on how to grow the best crops possible.”

She said the expo is about “productivity, efficiency, safety.”

“We’ve held things for farmers, but this is the first time we’ve put together this cast of speakers and made a day out of it with vendors,” Dailey said. “Who should attend this workshop? Anybody interested in the business of agriculture and anybody interested in conservation.”

Topics at the expo include:

• Soil Fertility and Nutrient Stewardship by Robert Mullen, Director of Agronomy and Market Research with PotashCorp.

• Make Your Soil ‘Smoke’! Soil Health, Improve Your Soil Structure, Organic Matter & Drainage by Frank Gibbs, Professional Soil Scientist with Wetland & Soil Consulting Services LLC.

• Tile Drainage and Phosphorus Transport by Kevin King, Research Agricultural Engineer with USDA Agricultural Research Service.

• Managing Herbicide Site of Action by Mark Loux, Weed Management Specialist with The Ohio State University Extension.

• Environmental Quality Incentives Program by Denise Shafer, District Conservationist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

• Cover Crops, a Testimonial by local agricultural producers: Brian Skinner, Delaware County and Jim Braddock, Knox County.

Dailey said the Delaware SWCD hopes to have about 100 attendees. The expo, co-sponsored by the Knox, Licking, and Morrow Soil & Water Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Upper Big Walnut Creek Water Quality Partnership, is open to those involved in agriculture from all four sponsoring counties.

Certified Conservation Advisers are also invited to attend; five continuing education credits will be awarded for participating in the day-long event.

The expo is planned from 9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. Feb. 7 and is free of charge to participants courtesy of the Ohio Livestock Coalition and the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Reservations are requested by Jan. 23. Contact the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District at or 740-368-1921.