Conservation Districts Host Soil Health Workshops
The Rockingham, Strafford, Cheshire, Merrimack and Sullivan County Conservation Districts hosted soil health workshops last month as well as demonstrated new equipment for rent to local land owners/managers. Rockingham and Sullivan CCDs had a soil aerator with broadcast seeder and a wood ash spreader on display and performed a mock demonstration of their no-till-drill seeder which is still being delivered. Presenters included Dan Wright and Keri Neal from the NRCS, Daimon Meeh from UNH Coop-Extension, and Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune from Cornell University, as well as several wood ash vendors.
Cheshire, Merrimack, and Sullivan CCDs discussed how soil health tests factor into farm management, funding for soil health improvement, and demonstrated equipment that is available for improving the soil health on the farm, including a no till seeder, roller crimper, subsoiler, wood ash/lime spreader, and penetrometer. District Conservationist Steve Pytlik spoke at the workshops along with featured speaker, Dr. Moebius-Clune. Dairy farmer, Stuart Adams also shared his experiences with the group at the Cheshire Workshop.
The workshops were well attended and with enthusiasm about soil health and the available equipment rentals from the Districts. Partial funding for the workshops was provided through an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant and the equipment demonstrated in these workshops will help many farmers implement key conservation practices offered through NH NRCS as part of the soil health initiative. Thanks, also go to Dorn Cox, NHACD Vice President and local farmer who helped organize the workshops.