Ontario County Soil Health Workshop

On Thursday, March 7 the Ontario County soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a soil health workshop at King’s Catering, 4031 State Route 5 & 20 in Canandaigua, NY from 9:00am-2:00pm

To Register Please Click on the Link HERE, you can also Pre-Register by calling 585-394-5030 or

$20 Per Participant with Pre-Registration (Includes Lunch)

$25 Per Participant for Walk-Ins (Payable by Cash only)

Jim Hershey will speak about Managing for Healthier Soil and Cleaner Water, he will be discussing the impacts of no-till and cover crops on soil health, soil nutrients, weed and pest suppression and crop yields.

Dr. Eric Young from the USDA Agriculture Research Service will be presenting on water quality in tile-drained fields and implications for soil health.

Karl Czymmek from Cornell’s PRODAIRY will be reviewing soil features, types of soil organic matter and the important roles of soil conservation to maintain soil productivity.

Klass Martens from Lakeview Organic Grain, will be discussing his soil health practices and how he manages cover crops and pests in an organic system.

Jaime Cummings a NYS IPM Field Crop and Livestock Coordinator will be presenting on Pests and Diseases in Corn and Soybean: Management in No-Till Systems.

Max Heitner from the Finger Lakes Land Trust will be talking about what you need to know about protecting your farm with a conservation easement.

The Soil Health Workshop will conclude at 2:00pm.

For those interested in the Manure Applicator Training, please note on the registration form, pre-registration is required for this training. There is no additional fee for this.

2:00pm-3:00pm DEC Approved Manure Applicator Training with Karl Czymmek: Required training for staff of CAFO’s. Certificates of attendance will be issues. All are welcome to attend.


The WNY Soil Health Alliance will be holding a Soil Health Workshop & Alliance Annual Membership Meeting

When: December 19,2018, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm

Where: Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Rd. Batavia, NY

Dr. Kristine Nichols is a Soil Microbiologist with over 25 years studying Mycorrhizal Fungi. Kristine will be presenting information on using regenerative farming practices to build Soil Resilience and offering a workshop on conducting hands-on assessments of Soil Health.

John Wallace is an Assistant Professor & Weed Extension Specialist from Penn State. John will be presenting Penn State research on Weed Management with Soil Health practices and a workshop on inter-seeding challenges & opportunities.

In addition, Paul Salon from the USDA-NRCS Plants Materials Center will present a workshop on using the NRCS calculator to develop Cover Crop mixes. Attendees are being asked to bring information on mixes they have tried along with pictures if possible.

The annual meeting of the Alliance members will be held at 11:45 am to elect 2 board members and conduct such business as necessary. DEC & CCA credits will be offered.

For the full brochure of the workshop and to register please click here.

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This webinar will focus on how cover crops can create habitat for pests like voles and slugs. It is Part 1 of a 2 part series. Pest problems like voles, slugs and army worms tend to be cyclical in nature and can have dramatic impacts when there's an outbreak. Understanding the role that cover crops and no-till can play in creating the conditions for these pest to thrive can help producers make management decisions. This webinar is first of a two-part series dealing with managing cover crops and tillage to minimize pest problems.

To visit the webinar