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NDSU to hold soil health workshops

The NDSU soil health initiative group is scheduled to hold a series of workshops in September to help producers actively manage salinity issues. The workshops are set for Sept. 3, 9, 17 and 19.

"This is an opportunity to get information on useful tools and to see hands-on demonstrations to explain the challenges associated with salt movement in soils," said Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Service soil health assistant professor.

"Tools and Concepts to Actively Manage Salinity" is the title of the workshop on Sept. 3. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. on an NDSU Extension Traill County soil salinity plot on the Dave and Paul Mueller farm near Cummings, North Dakota. Workshop topics include salinity basics, measuring and getting started on salinity management, and cropping and tiling options.

Lunch will be provided. To register, contact the Traill County Extension office at 701-636-5665 or alyssa.scheve@ndsu.edu. For an accurate meal count, participants should register by Sept. 2.

"Getting a Grip on Salinity" is the name of the workshop scheduled for Sept. 9 in Barnes County. The workshop starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at noon. Topics include salinity basics and demonstrations, getting your salinity number and what it means, and management approaches to tiling, cropping systems, cover crops and maximizing your approach.

Lunch will be served. To register, call 701-845-3114, ext. 3. For an accurate meal count, participants should register by Sept. 5.

"Management Tools for Saline and Sodic Soils" is the workshop set for Sept. 17 at the Speich Seed Shop near DeLamere, North Dakota. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Topics include what to expect with salinity, salinity management options, where the salts are in the soil profile, basics of sodic soils, and identifying the issue and management options as shown through demonstrations and plots.

Lunch will be served. To register, contact the Sargent County Extension office at 701-724-3355, ext.5. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by Sept. 15 for an accurate meal count.

"Salinity Management" is the title of the Sept. 19 workshop at the Burkland farm southwest of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Topics include salinity measurements and management options, such as cropping systems and tiling. Participants will be able to see how cover crops look below ground in soil pits and learn about improving soil health.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To register, contact the Grand Forks County Extension office at 701-780-8229 by Sept 16.

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