Joel DeJong, Extension Field Agronomist, Northwest Area
Having accurate soil information is more critical as we manage crops more carefully. The Woodbury Soil Survey was considered to be outdated, and the new information was gathered and recently published. The challenge was to get this information in the hands of those who would use it, and to help them understand how to use this information for improving crop production, environmental management, and for business purposes.
NRCS staff and ISU staff met to plan some workshops to roll out the new Woodbury County Soil Survey. Five meetings were planned around the county to inform residents of the new tool that is available, and to help them understand how to use it. Topics included understanding the book, using internet resources on soils, a worksheet on putting this information to work, and how to use this information for crop production.
Attendance totaled 166 people at the five meetings, which, honestly, exceeded our expectations. A recent phone survey of 10 workshop participants was conducted to review how they have since used this information. They indicated an increase in knowledge about the different soils in Woodbury County, and also listed the use of this information for tax calculations on purchase of new ground, using the CSR (Corn Suitability Rating) as a part of setting a cash rental rate, soil testing soils differently based on soil type, looking up soil details on the internet, and for calculating P index values for their manure plan.
#100 – Corn and Soybean Production and Protection
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