Soil Balancing Call-ins Fall 2018
You can listen in on Ohio State's series of three Soil Balancing Call-in Conversations via You Tube. All three events are moderated by Matt Kleinhenz, Ohio State vegetable crops extension specialist.
Soil Balancing: From ‘Renegade’ Grass Roots Past to Open Future
When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Description: The history and current use of Soil Balancing provides a rich opportunity to examine the different ways that farmers and scientists develop and use their knowledge. Join us to discuss what the concept and practice of Soil Balancing currently means to farmers, researchers, and consultants, and to brainstorm ways in which improved soil management can strengthen sustainably-minded farm management.
Resource Panel: Steve Culman (Ohio State soil fertility specialist), Doug Doohan (Ohio State weed specialist), Will Glazik (Cow Creek Organic Farm), Doug Jackson-Smith (Ohio State Environment and Natural Resources), Bill McKibben (Soil Tech, Inc)
Listen to first Call-in:
Soil Balancing: What do the Numbers Say about its Effects on Soils, Crops, Weeds, and Farms?
When: November 14, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Description: Everyone uses numbers to make decisions, although the numbers people have and the ways they use them often differ. These differences can spell both excitement and challenge when trying to understand and use Soil Balancing. Join us to discuss Soil Balancing by the numbers, as farmers, consultants, and researchers discuss the numbers we have and the numbers we wish we had.
Resource Panel: Steve Culman (Ohio State soil fertility specialist), Doug Doohan (Ohio State weed specialist), Doug Jackson-Smith (Ohio State Environment and Natural Resources), Bob Jones, Jr. (The Chef’s Garden), John Kempf (Advancing EcoAgriculture), Josh McGrath (University of Kentucky)
Soil Balancing: The Questions Matter
When: December 12, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Description: “You don’t know enough to know what you need to know.” This recent recollection by a farmer after their encounter with a more experienced one reminds us that the questions matter. Much is said, written, and claimed about Soil Balancing but all is still not clear about it. If there is to be a more useful knowledge base about Soil Balancing—shared by farmers, consultants, and researchers alike—new questions and new ways of addressing them must be shared and accepted by many. Join us to discuss and shape where investigations of Soil Balancing should go next and how.
Resource Panel: Caroline Brock (Ohio State Environment and Natural Resources), Dave Campbell (Lily Lake Farm), Steve Culman (Ohio State soil fertility specialist), Doug Doohan (Ohio State weed specialist), Matthew Krause (BioWorks), Subbu Kumarappan (Ohio State Ag Economics), Eric Pawlowski (OEFFA), and James Schiltz (Midwestern BioAg).
This work is supported by Organic Agriculture Research & Extension funding grant no. 2014-51300-22331/project accession no. 1003905 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.