What’s all this fuss about disease suppressive soils, anyway? According to one of our speakers at our upcoming seminars on Feb. 6 & 8, disease suppressive soils are soils that support beneficial microbes that inhibit specific soil-borne plant diseases.
“The growing understanding of disease suppressive soils is exciting, but there’s still enough left to learn to make them a bit mysterious and very tantalizing,” explained Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
We are thrilled to glean more expertise from Michael!
Until then, here’s a sneak peek at what he’ll be sharing. He’s currently a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia.
Intrigued by what you just saw? Reserve your spot today by contacting us at 815-872-1190 or email@example.com.
Michael spent 10 years at Kentucky State University, conducting research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by farms operating with limited resources. He has done extensive research in disease suppressive soils and will share his discoveries. He has a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation’s first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards.
Are these hot-off-the-press invites! We’re so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on lately.
In addition to Michael Bomford and Michael Orzolek, we have an exciting speaker roster. Stay tuned for a complete agenda.
In the meantime, save the dates. The Indianapolis seminar will be held at the:
- Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
The Des Moines seminar will be held at the:
- Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.
To reserve your spot, give us a call 815.872.1190!
We have some exciting things planned for this year’s seminars so be sure to stay tuned for a formal invitation! In the meantime, save the date that works best for you!
Hope to see you there!
We can’t believe we only have 1 more seminar left in our Winter “Plot” Tour. You guys have been great. Seriously! These seminars would have been nothing without your support. Just wanted to let you know a few things:
- Today’s the last day to register for our seminar in LaCrosse. We’ll be talking about biologicals for transitioning to organics and organic dry beans, among some other topics. Click here for more information, or call 815.872.1190 to register.
- Audio from our Princeton seminar is now published on our website. If you weren’t able to attend, or if you need a refresher, here you will find each session as it was presented. If you’re interested in a specific speaker from another seminar, contact us.
- Hope you all are having a GREAT day!
That’s all for now, folks!
As Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I PLOT and plan. In spring, I move.” We are so excited to plot and plan with you this winter season, as early as November 29! As most of you know we have 7 seminars scheduled through February and today, we’re releasing the agenda for our Omaha meeting, which will be held the week after Thanksgiving.
Omaha will be a bit special because it will be held at Midwest Laboratories on 13611 B Street. Midwest Labs is where we send our soil samples and attendees will have an opportunity to tour their facility. It’s quite impressive really! You will get to see their tissue, soil, and microbiology labs.
Anyway, if you can join us on the 29th, and we really hope you do, this is what you’ll be in for:
- How to Maintain a Strong Biological Component for Sustainable Crop Production – Larry Zibilske, Texas Plant and Soil Lab
- Biology is essential in sustainable crop production. We’ll discuss how soil microbes, organic matter, soil biology, along with chemical and organic fertilization practices effect crop production. We’ll also explore ways to test soil quality.
- AgriEnergy Resources Biologicals – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
- We’ll take you down the road of biological farming and how improving your soil with SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi) and Residuce® could potentially help benefit your bottom line!
- Midwest Labs Q&A with John Menghini PLUS a tour – John Menghini, Midwest Labs
- What goes into a soil analysis you may be wondering? Wonder no more. This tour will take you above and beyond what goes into a typical soil analysis. Learn about aflatoxin and petiole tests too!
- AgriEnergy Resources Organic Products – Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources
- Learn what our organic programs entail and how we help guide customers through the transition period. We offer many programs including soil treatments, in-row and 2X2 starters, along with side dress and foliar, using both liquid and dry organic products. Our new program includes a liquid calcium treatment, which we’ll share numerous successful stories.
This is an organic snap bean field located in Wisconsin. Learn tips on how to achieve a similar result in Omaha!
- Organic Insect & Disease Control Products/Programs – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska
- Each year has it’s up’s and down’s. Learn to combat challenges with ease, no matter the situation. We’ll explore programs that include products to be used on field corn, popcorn, seed corn, dry beans, soybeans, green beans, garbanzo beans, wheat, spelt, barley, oats, emmer wheat, and various grasses.
- Organic Weed Control – Farmer Panel
- Hear from real-life farmers who combat obnoxious weeds like foxtail and giant ragweed by using flamers, tine weeders, cultivators, and more! These guys have some of the cleanest fields we have ever seen!
- Q&A with the Experts – Reggie Destree, Organic Consultant; Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska; Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources
- Have questions how to improve your operation? We can help. Bring your questions on wheat and specialty grains, potatoes, corn, alfalfa, vegetables, beans, and transitional cropping.
If you want to be a part of our kick-off event from 9am-4:30pm, please reserve your spot by November 21 by calling 815-872-1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By now, most of you should have received our postcard detailing our Winter “Plot” Tour. If you haven’t please let us know so we can get you on our mailing list. In the meantime, we put together this exciting digital invite.
As Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I PLOT and plan. In spring, I move.” We are so excited to plot and plan with you this winter season. Reserve your spot today by calling 815-872-1190 or email@example.com.
The weather here in Bureau County, Illinois continues to be absolutely gorgeous! Even for November. Blue skies and sunshine make for a happy husband! Some guys are finishing up with harvest while others are starting field work around these parts.
Here’s a look at what our guys have been seeing in the field:
Galen Nissley (Honeyville): It’s been on the wet side here in Northern Indiana. Harvest is about done and some guys are working ground. We are predicted to be down to 28 degrees by Friday.
Eric Johnston: Harvest season is winding down for most farmers here in North Central Illinois. Some have finished, while others have been making good progress with the nice weather we’ve had. The nice weather has also been ideal for growers to apply Residuce®.
Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): Our weather has been very unseasonably warm with good rains in New York; supposed to get colder this weekend. Corn is pretty much done, a few fields around that are still standing. But for the most part, they are finished. Cover crops are in and up. Saw some 5th cutting being chopped yesterday, which is pretty unusual for that to happen. All in all, we have enjoyed a beautiful fall, with good crops in spite of our very dry and hot summer.
We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Want to learn more? Join us in Omaha, Nebraska on November 29 as we kick off a series of winter meetings. We’ll discuss topics such as cover crops, weed control, and fertility inputs. Plus tour Midwest Laboratories. The meeting will be held from 9am-5pm at Midwest Laboratories, 13611 B St., Omaha, NE 68144. Kindly respond by November 21 by calling 815.872.1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.