DECATUR, Ill. — A seminar designed to protect Lake Decatur as the city’s water source will focus on the need for watershed conservation measures Wednesday, February 1 at Richland Community College.
Sponsored by the Lake Decatur Watershed Program, a joint venture of the city and the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District, the day brings together Jim Hoorman of the NRCS for a presentation on nutrient recycling with soil microbes and soil scientist Dr. Rick Haney.
The Macon County SWCD and NRCS invite all landowners, operators, ag retailers, and conservationists to attend this training featuring presentations that will allow them to take the next steps to increase soil productivity and minimize the usage of fuel and inputs.
Producers will learn how to maximize their fertilizer investment and reduce fertilizer inputs over time suing sustainable ecological farming techniques. As developer of the Haney Test, Haney will explain how this new integrated approach to soil testing uses chemical and biological soil test data to assess nutrient availability.
In addition, Don Giger of Decatur’s Water Treatment Plant will explain what trends are affecting the Lake. Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, will give a statewide update on the association’s work.
Farmers and land owners will learn strategies for limiting erosion and increasing soil productivity by adopting a conservation cropping system.
A 2008 study completed by the SWCD and its partners determined that 70% of the sediment coming into Lake Decatur is coming from sheet and rill erosion. Some 13% is from ephemeral erosion, and 8% is from streambank erosion.
The adoption of conservation cropping systems can greatly reduce sheet and rill erosion. The seminar will meet from 8 am to noon in the NSEC Building on the campus of Richland Community College- 3351 N. Howard Brown Boulevard in Decatur. To RSVP for this workshop, contact Angela Binnion at 217.877.5670 x 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the USDA Service Center at 4004 College Park Road in Decatur. Anyone needing accommodations to participate in this program may contact the SWCD.
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— Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District
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