Soil Health Expo 2014

2014 Soil Health Expo was a success!
The five Southwest Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick hosted the 2014 Soil Health Expo at the Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds. This year’s topic was on Precision Ag for the Agriculture Community. Featured speakers were Mike Shuter, a Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) hub farmer; Paul Gordon, Founder of Gordon Ag Group and Dr. Randall Reeder from OSU Faculty Emeritus.
The day started with Mike Shuter speaking to the group on VR A N with High-Clearance Sprayer Modifications. He spoke on his experience developing a high clearance seeding machine to seed cover crops in standing corn and soybeans to get these crops off to a faster, earlier start. He was followed by Paul Gordon who assists producers to lower production costs while maintaining and improving yields through crop monitoring and soil plant analysis using Geo-referenced (GPS tagged) Data.
John Neufelder, Posey County Purdue Extension gave updates for the producers earning PARP credits. Lisa Holscher, Indiana Association of Conservation Districts, CCSI and Meg Leader, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) spoke on using precision Ag On-Farm Trials and the On-Farm Network guided stalk nitrate testing that is continuing in fields throughout Southwest Indiana by the Districts and other Conservation Partners. Dr Reader is considered one of the leading research and education advocates for conservation tillage and no-till, he spoke to the group on using technology to avoid soil compaction and how continuous living cover plus long-term continuous no-till reduces soil compaction and achieves soil quality, chemical quality, physical and biological soil health.
The final speaker for the day was from Precision Hawk on using drones for crop scouting to collect data, surveying, collecting images and visual thermo in high resolution for up to a 300 acre field. Field data is then downloaded from the plane to a computer and the data is analyzed according to the needs of the producer.
The 2014 Soil Health Expo wouldn’t have been such a success without the following companies: Baker Seed, Beck’s Hybrids, Byron Seeds, CISCO Company, Daylight Farm Supply, Elberfeld State Bank, Goedde Oil, Inc., Heuring Crop Insurance, Hoosier Uplands, Koetter & Smith, Inc., Midwest Ag Finance, NTM Ag Equipment, Precision Farming Solutions, Springfield Plastics and Vincennes Tractor. The 2014 Soil Health Expo wouldn’t have been such a success without the following companies: A big thank you to all the sponsors and vendors who helped make this event such a success.