soil health


Soil Health Field Day Steuben County

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

There has been some reluctance in the Southern Tier of New York State to adopt some of the soil health practices that we are promoting in events like this.

Perhaps you have thought this yourself?

  • 1.“We have cold wet soils
  • 2.“Our growing season is too short”
  • 3.“I have to plow down my manure”

4.“I cannot afford to buy new equipment”

It is our hope that this event will encourage you to consider and, at least, experiment and/or incorporate some of these principles and practices that will alter your approach to how you farm, and hopefully improve overall productivity.

Our speakers will be:

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D, CCA

Professor of Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics at Penn State Agricultural Science

Specialization focuses on the effects of soil management practices on soil physical properties and processes. This includes the effect of no-tillage & tillage on soil physical properties, how soil compaction affects soil and crops, what effect crop rotation plays in maintaining soil quality, the benefits and challenges of cover crops with the use of systems approach to no-tillage, soil compaction and crop rotations is crucial element. Areas of Expertise: no-tillage; cover crops; soil compaction; soil health; soil erosion, soil conservation and nitrogen fixation.

Dave Magos

Owner, Morning Star Farms

Dave and Lisa Magos own and operate Morning Farms, a 780 cow dairy farm in Jefferson County. They currently crop 1,505 acres of corn for silage and gran, 250 acres of soybeans, 50 acres of wheat, 550 acres of alfalfa and the balance is grass hay for dry cows and heifers. The Magos have hosted no-till/cover crop field days and were featured in a New York State Natural Resources Conservation Service’s case study on the economics of no-till and cover cropping. 

Register by calling Jonathan Barter at (607) 776-7398, Ex. 3.


Ariel Kirk
Agriculture Educator


Civil Defense Center
7220 State Route 54
Bath, NY 14810