Soil Health Workshop

Soil Health Workshop Flyer 2020

1.5 DEC Pesticide Applicator Credits & 4.5 CCA CEUs

8:30 – 8:45 am
Registration and Refreshments

8:45 – 9:00 am
Opening Remarks and Welcome

9:00 – 10:00 am
Keynote Speaker: Blake Vince, Farmer: #RootsNotIron
A discussion of both on-farm and field scale research on conserving farmland with cover crops and promoting biodiversity.

10:00 – 10:10 am

10:10 – 11:10 am
Mike Stanyard, CCE Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops
Glyphosate Resistant Weeds: ID, Biology & Management

11:10 – 12:00 pm
Karl Czymmek & Peter Wright, Cornell PRO-DAIRY
Manure Storages: building, filling, emptying & maintaining

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch, Exhibitions, and Raffle Prizes

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Anthony Prestigiacomo, Research Scientist, Division of Water, Finger Lakes Watershed Hub
Threats to Water Quality and Clean Water Planning

1:30 – 1:40 pm

1:40 – 2:30 pm
Blake Vince: #RootsNotIron
Putting Healthy Soils and Water First


Keynote Speaker: Blake Vince
Merlin, Ontario, Canada

Blake is a fifth generation farmer and Canadian Nuffield Scholar from Merlin, Ontario, Canada. Working with his father, Elwin Vince they produce commercial corn, soybeans and winter wheat on 1200 acres. Their farm management practices are centered on soil health and they are considered
to be no-till pioneers in their corner of Canada where they adapted to no-till farming techniques in the early 1980’s. Blake considers himself very fortunate to have been taught, from a young age, the merits of no-till farming. His claim to fame, as a 47 year old farmer, is that he has never used a moldboard plough. Knowing that soil is not an infinite resource and working with the objective to leave his farms in better condition for future generations, Blake has been using
a multi-species cover crop blend to protect and enrich them. His practices are in stark contrast with others in his area of Southwestern Ontario where more and more farmers are reverting back to conventional tillage.