The 2021 Soil Health Conference has been moved to virtual offerings of links to websites, videos, vlogs, blogs, farmer posts, and pesticide credits information. We hope to resume the Soil Health Conference in 2022.
Soil Health Events
2020/2021 Pesticide Credit Options Penn State Extension & PDA: To maintain credits, applicators can go to www.paplants.pa.gov and search for online, correspondence and webinar courses by selecting pesticide programs, recertification course locator, then selecting online, correspondence or webinar, then the type of credit they are looking for (Core, PC-Private Category, etc.)
If you do not have access to the internet, Penn State has developed a 2 + 2 (Core and Private Category) correspondence course that costs $10.
Pesticide Education Landing Page: Recorded courses available online year-round for credits at a cost – some new and old. As always, it takes time to process your pesticide credits. Typically we would say wait about 2 weeks but please allow up to 4-6 weeks at this time. https://extension.psu.edu/pestcredits
Offerings from PSU and Forage Crops Team
Soil Health Webinars: Zoom webinars from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb 3 – Selecting cover crops and creating mixtures; Feb 10 – Cover crops and nutrient management; Feb 17 – Advanced cover crop management strategies; Feb 24 – Cover crops and weed management; March 3 – Grazing cover crops
Grain crop workshops $15 for all three with varying credits per session: Small grains on October 29 (completed), corn on November 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and soybeans on December 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m. https://extension.psu.edu/grain-crop-production-series
Forages workshop – $20 for all 5: March 2, 4, 9, 11, and 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon each day with the 2+2 session occurring on March 11. Link available soon.
Live webinars on forages February 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., soybeans; February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and corn March 11 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. March 11 session only will offer 2+2 credits. Links available soon.
Correspondence courses on forage diseases – Soybean diseases and fumigation. Forage diseases course is available now for $10 through December 30, 2020 and will be launched in 2021. https://extension.psu.edu/forage-disease-pesticide-update
For the correspondence courses, you are mailed a booklet to read, then you take a short quiz and mail it back for grading.
Professional Pest Managers School – March 15, 2021 from 8AM-3PM This one-day session is a way to earn numerous pesticide applicator recertification credits. There are also category and core workbooks currently being created. extension.psu.edu/professional-pest-managers-school (See attached chart).
Private Applicator Short Course: Feb 16, 18, 23, & 25 Study for the private pesticide applicator exam. 4 half day sessions. $40
Make cover crops pay: https://extension.psu.edu/making-cover-crops-pay
***PSU Extension Educators are available to do in-person meetings but we are subject to PSU policies:
We can attend a live meeting via Zoom to give presentations and there is also the possibility of providing pre-recorded videos via email or a flash drive in situations where internet access is an issue.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local extension educator with any questions.
Soil Health Links and Resources
Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production – https://extension.psu.edu/soil-health-in-field-and-forage-crop-production
Conservation Catalog by NRCS – Find conservation structures and practices to minimize erosion. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1101559.pdf
Healthy Soils for Life – https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/health/
Soil Health Practices – https://www.farmers.gov/conserve/soil-health
Soil Health Institute – https://soilhealthinstitute.org/
Soil Health – Rodale Institute – https://rodaleinstitute.org
Southwest Project Grass – tips on improving soil health with grazing: https://www.facebook.com/Southwest-PA-Project-Grass- 184138802108332
Everything Cover Crops – Discussion Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154480008227557/?ref=share
Various articles to review for this winter
Leave soil untouched over winter: https://www.farmprogress.com/commentary/why-you-should-leave-soil-untouched-over-winter
Benefits to Cover Crops:
Make variable rate fertilizing pay: https://www.farmprogress.com/fertilizer/make-variable-rate-pay
Lose fewer dollars: https://www.farmprogress.com/soil-health/pay-attention-nitrogen-loss-pathways?