Help ID Soil Research Priorities

Kenai Peninsula farmers and gardeners are invited to participate in a quick-and-easy survey to help establish priorities for soil-based research right here on the Kenai Peninsula. An initial list of projects was developed in November by representatives of Kenai and Homer Soil and Water Conservation Districts, NRCS and UAF Cooperative Extension. Now it is your turn to weigh in!  Here’s a link to the survey:
It will take about 3-5 minutes to complete. Please respond by Dec. 15 if possible. For more information, contact Heidi Chay at Kenai Soil and Water, 283-8732 x 5.

Feb. 18 Forum on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Opening presentations from the National Forum on Cover Crops and Soil Health will be live-streamed from Omaha, Nebraska to over 230 sites across the country. Whether you have experience with cover crops or you’re just interested to learn, join us for the broadcast followed by discussion.  FREE and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 8:45 a.m. to noon

Where: Kenai Community Library

Schedule: 8:30 am, doors open; 8:45 am, program begins; 9 – 10:45 am, broadcast presentations; 10:45 am – noon, short break and discussion with local producers, NRCS and Cooperative Extension staff

Website: http://www.sare.org/Events/Forum-on-Cover-Crops-and-Soil-Health

Questions: Heidi Chay, Kenai Soil & Water, kenaiswcd@gmail.com, 283-8732 x 108

See the District’s Rental Farm Equipment in Action!

The public is invited to a field demonstration of tillage and planting equipment for small farms, Thursday, June 7, 4-6 pm at Ridgeway Farms, 5220 Strawberry Road.  The demonstration will include a chisel plow, spring tooth harrow, bed shaper, plastic mulch layer, flower and vegetable planter, and no-till drill. NRCS equipment expert, Catherine Hadley, will be on hand to talk about when to use different types of tillage equipment and their effects on soil quality.    For more information, call 283-8732 x 108.