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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Soil Expert To Talk Conservation Farming In Clinton

Clinton | by Peter Jackson  

Dr. David R. Montgomery will speak at sold-out event at Clinton's Libro Community Hall.

It will be a full house at the Libro Community Hall in Clinton tonight (WED), to hear a soil expert and author from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. David R. Montgomery is a geologist by profession, but he became interested in soil quality and recovery during the course of his research in the 1990s and 2000s.

He has written several books on the subject, and is an internationally respected authority.

Dr. Montgomery became interested in soil biology through studying ancient farming practices, and putting his knowledge to work by experimenting in his own back yard.

He says he was impressed with results farmers had, through increasing organic matter from one per-cent to as much as eight per-cent.

Dr. Montgomery says the increase helped farmers reduce their dependency on intensive sue of chemical fertilizer.

He points to conservation agriculture, where plows aren't used, cover crops and a diversity of production crops are grown.

Dr. Montgomery also noticed some producers re-introduced livestock to their operations, to graze on the cover crops and fertilize the production crops with manure.

His appearance at the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association general annual meeting tonight is sold out.

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