Soil Health Programming

Soil health will be emphasized within ongoing Soil and Water Conservation Programming. The Soil and Water Conservation Department will promote Best Management Practices to improve soil health and increase productivity and profitability.

“As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s Soil is one of the most important conservation endeavors for our time”.  Natural Resources Conservation Service

Soil Health Updates:

NEWS Release:  Learn what local farmers are doing to protect soil and water quality!  Manitowoc County Farmers Protect Soil and Water Quality by Using Cover Crops.

Save the Date!  The Soil Health Focus Group has scheduled a date for the 2018 Soil Health and Cover Crop Forum.  Mark your Calendars for March 13th, 2018 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM.  Registration is required.  Please contact Amanda Cordova at Amandacordova@co.manitowoc.wi.us to be put on our mailing list for updates.

Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program:  Join us each month to hear how area producers and their agronomists are making cover crops and reduced/no-till systems work on their farm. Hear their stories on the successes and challenges. These sessions will be informal with open dialogue. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. No cost to attend.  Register by contacting Danielle Block at Danielleblock@co.manitowoc.wi.us. 

No Till/Cover Crop Self- Guided Tour: The 2017 tour has ended and we are currently working on sites for the 2018 tour.  The self-guided tour will provide individuals who are curious about using cover crops with no tillage or minimum tillage systems the opportunity to see these practices being used on the landscape. By sharing these first-hand experiences, the hope is that more farmers will take the leap and incorporate these practices into their crop rotation. The increased use of cover crops with no tillage or minimum tillage systems within Manitowoc County will positively impact the County’s soil health and water quality.