Cotton producers are invited to participate in a Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Field Day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 25, at the Brinkley Convention Center, 1501 Weatherby Dr., in Brinkley, Arkansas.
After an overview of the day’s activities, producers will travel to area farms to learn more about equipment needs, cover crop mixes, soil biology and soil health management systems. The activity has been organized by the Soil Health Institute to increase soil health on U.S. cotton farms. The event also will well help farmers prepare for industry’s increased focus on sustainability as identified in “U.S. Cotton Ten Year Sustainability Goals: Pathways to Progress.” There is no charge for participation.
The field day will include demonstration and discussion of soil health practices for building drought resilience, enhancing nutrient availability, reducing erosion and other benefits that can be achieved by improving soil health.
The goal is to help producers begin to design a soil health management system to meet consumer demand for sustainable cotton. Discussions will be led by producers Adam Chappell and Robby Bevis, who are successfully using soil health practices on their farms, along with University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture & Extension specialists and the lead trainer of the Soil Health Institute.
Lunch will be provided.
Farmers are asked to register for the event by calling Debbie Moreland at 501-425-2891 by 4:30 p.m., July 19.
“Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton” is supported through funding by the Wrangler brand, the VF Corp. Foundation and the Walmart Foundation.
For more information, visit https://soilhealthinstitute.org/soil-health-training/Arkansas-agenda.