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Soil Health Toolbox Field Day planned for November

MIDDLEBURG–The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) will be holding a Soil Health Toolbox Field Day on BDS Farms at 282 Troup Road, Beaver Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. SCCD will provide a free lunch to attendees.

Farmers will learn about:

¯ How their farm’s “soil herd” can work for them.

¯ Improved soil health can minimize soil and nutrient losses.

¯ Various cover crop mixes and establishment practices.

¯ How better soil health can improve soil water infiltration.

A rainfall simulator will show farmers how different soil conditions effect soil runoff and soil infiltration. A soil scientist will guide attendees what to look for underneath the soil surface. Attendees will view a growing multi-species cover crop planted by the host farmers. Topics will be presented by the SCCD and members of the Pennsylvania Soil Health Coalition including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Stroud Water Research Center, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Penn State Extension.

This event will be held rain or shine. Please register by Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, by calling 570-837-3000, ext. 0 or emailing sccd@snydercd.org so we can ensure enough food for lunch.

Questions about this event may be forwarded to Barry Spangler, SCCD Agricultural Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, ext. 5 or agtech@snydercd.org.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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