During mud season, let’s talk about soil health

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Right now, more than ever, mud is on people’s minds, boots and clothes.

Mud, also known as soil, and how to best manage it is the highlight of the Missouri University Extension Service’s spring Women in Dairy meetings today (Wednesday) and on April 10.

Soil health is important to sustain plants and animals. By imagining soil as living – helps understand its complexity. Management practices can change the soil and improve forage quantity, forage quality and resilience to drought.

Emerging research has looked at the impact of the soil microbiome on the productivity of soils. Drexel Atkisson, USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist, knows all about mud.

“Your management can change the building blocks of your soil,” Akisson said.

“I know seeing how rainfall travels through different soil types will change how you view your mud” said Reagan Bluel, MU Extension dairy specialist. “The hands-on wet lab performed by Atkisson will show it all.”

Ways to best manage your soil’s life will be discussed today (Wednesday) at MU Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again April 10 in Conway. Lunch is included at no fee, thanks to sponsors.

People may call the University of Missouri Extension of Barry Co to RSVP at 417-847-3161.

Women in Dairy began in 2016 and meets on the second Wednesday of the month to learn and fellowship.

To learn more about the group visit its Facebook page: @MOWomenInDairy or website: http://extension.missouri.edu/barry/women-in-dairy.aspx