FREE WEBINAR Finding Answers Through On-Farm Research: Soil Balancing for Organic Farmers

Join OEFFA for a free webinar, "Finding Answers Through On-Farm Research: Soil Balancing for Organic Farmers," on Friday, January 30 at 1 p.m.

Soil balancing using the Basic Cation Saturation Ratio (BCSR) approach relies on adding limestone and/or gypsum and taking other steps to alter soil chemistry. The BCSR approach may, in turn, enhance soil life and tilth, improve weed and insect control, and increase crop yield and quality. However, the effects of soil balancing, particularly in real-world farm settings, have not been systematically or scientifically researched.

Researchers at the Ohio State University, farmers, and agricultural experts are collaborating to learn more about soil balancing to help farmers using this method more effectively and gain a greater understanding of how soil balancing affects weeds, pests, and crops. Join this webinar to learn more about soils, soil balancing, and how you can participate in state-wide research on soil balancing and other topics.

 This session will be presented by Dr. Doug Doohan, professor of Horticulture and Crop Science at OSU's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC); Dr. Matt Kleinhenz, professor of Horticulture and Crop Science; Dr. Dick Warren, professor of Environment and Natural Resources at OARDC; Dr. Steve Culman, state soil fertility specialist; Dr. Laura Lindsey, assistant professor of Horticulture and Crop Science, and Dr. Mohsen Mohseni-Moghadam, post-doctoral researcher at OARDC.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but pre-registration is required. To register, click here.

This webinar is offered as part of a collaboration between OEFFA and the Ohio State University (OSU), and supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative to help address gaps in research on soil management in organic systems. 

OEFFA and OSU are working to establish a statewide network of certified organic farms willing to host and participate in on-farm research on soil balancing and other topics. To participate, or to find out more, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org.