Organic Field Day

 

Soil Fertility in Organic Grain Production

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Free

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John-Paul Franks
Oak Ridge Farms
3391 W 1000 S
Pendleton, Ind. 46064

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John-Paul Franks has been gradually transitioning his 140-acre grain farm to organic production since 2010, certifying his first acreage in 2013. He shares the hows and whys of his farm’s transition, focusing on managing risk during the switch. He and John Martin, a longtime organic farmer from Williamsburg, also cover soil health and maximizing available organic nitrogen sources. Martin has been managing his soil fertility organically for over 30 years, and routinely grows 200-bushel organic corn.

 

Topics:

  • Building soil health
  • Using available organic N
  • Managing risk during transition to organic

 

Agenda:

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Field Tour

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Making your soil work for you
John Martin

11:30 a.m. – noon
Break/Q&A
John Martin

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch
Provided by Great Harvest Organics

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.  
Sponsor presentations
Great Harvest Organics
Other sponsor TBA

1 – 2 p.m.
Farmer presentation
John-Paul Franks

2 – 5 p.m.
more Q/A time and more farm tours if people want to stay

 

Speakers:

  • John-Paul Franks, Oak Ridge Farms
  • John Martin, organic dairy farmer, Williamsburg, Ind.
  • Dave Ross, Great Harvest Organics

 

 

 

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