A Soil Health event will be held Feb. 19, 2015 in Mitchell, S.D. This is the third in a series of soil health events being held in South Dakota this winter.

The Mitchell Soil Health event will be held at the Nordby Trade Center in Lecture Hall 522 at the Mitchell Technical Institute (1800 E. Spruce St, same building as the SDSU Extension Regional Center located on the south side of I-90, exit 332 across from the sale barn).

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Organizers request that those planning to attend RSVP by Feb. 17 at 605-996-1564 ext. 3.

Lunch will be provided with support from numerous sponsors. Topics for the day-long event includes farmers, researchers and Extension personnel.

Topics covered during this event will focus on crop production tactics geared to help farmers build soil health on their farms. The day begins with a presentation by Lisbon, N.D. producers, Andy and Mitch Hoenhause. The Hoenhauses' have been dealing with wet planting conditions on their farm for a number of years.

They have been using no-till and cover crops to help manage some of the excess moisture. They will share their experiences as lead off speakers for the day.

Other speakers include Cheryl Reese with the South Dakota State University Plant Science Department. Reese will discuss saline and sodic soils, including measures that can help manage and reclaim these areas. Pete Sexton, associate professor and SDSU Extension sustainable cropping systems specialist, will discuss the research he is conducting with cover crops at the SDSU South East Research Farm near Beresford. Dwayne Beck, manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm and Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension soils field specialist, will be discussing research associated with no-till such as nitrogen rates and placement as well as other on-going and new research initiatives.

The event will also include a legislative update provided by Caron Assman from South Dakota Wheat, Inc. and a producer-lead cover crop panel.

The day will wrap up with a presentation by Jeff Zimprich, state conservationist from the UDSA-NRCS who will discuss the importance of soil health.

A full agenda can be viewed at iGrow.org or at www.sdnotill.com. Continuing education credits for CCAs will be available.