Events / 8/7-8/9 | Soil Health Activities at 2018 Empire Farm Days

8/7-8/9 | Soil Health Activities at 2018 Empire Farm Days

08/07/2018 to 08/09/2018

The Soil Health Seminars programming at the 2018 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, will provide the opportunity to hear from soil specialists, learn from farming peers in daily panel presentations, see tabletop demonstrations, tour new cover crop plots, and have a soil report created for your use. The presentations are free and organized by the New York State Interagency Soil Health Working Group.


  • The featured speaker at the Soil Health Center at 9:30 am on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the show is Sally A. Flis, Ph.D., director of agronomy at The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, DC.
  • On Wednesday, August 8, at 9:30 am, Harold M. van Es, a 30-year professor of soil science at Cornell University will discuss why healthy soil is the foundation of sustainable crop production and how understanding interactions among the physical, biological and chemical aspects of soil is key to good soil health management practices, including how to enhance soil organic matter.
  • At 10:30 AM daily:  Cover Crops Field Demo Tour

The 2018 Soil Health Center daily panel topics, panelists and moderators are as follows:

Tuesday, August 7:

Soil Health Management Practices and Fertilizer & Manure Management When    Incorporating Cover Crops and Reduced      Tillage into Their Systems

Panelists:        Jamie Baker, Tompkins County, NY

Dave Magos, Jefferson County, NY

Craig Phelps, Livingston County, NY

Moderator:      Greg Albrecht, Agricultural Environmental Management Coordinator, NYS Agriculture and Markets


Wednesday, August 8:

Challenges & Benefits of Building Organic Matter and Soil, Water & Nutrient Interactions Using Soil Health Management Systems

Panelists:        Jesse Farwell, Orleans County, NY

Klaas Martens, Yates County, NY

Steve Nemec, Cayuga County, NY

Moderator:      David Grusenmeyer, Executive Director, New York Farm Viability Institute


Thursday, August 9:

Farmer Panel: Challenges of Managing Herbicides Within Systems That   Incorporate Cover Crops, Reduced Tillage & Diverse Rotations

Panelists:        Todd DuMond, Cayuga County, NY

Mark Lott, Seneca County, NY

Jeff Toussaint, Orleans County, NY

Moderator:      Paul Salon, CCA, USDA-NRCS Northeast Soil Health Specialist


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