Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Webinars: Agricultural Management Practices and Data Usage for Soil Health

Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Webinar Series: Agricultural Management Practices and Data Usage for Soil Health

The Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) Series is dedicated to the development of multidisciplinary and whole system management practices for the agricultural lands that impact our nation’s waters. This Webinar Series for September 2020 is a continuance of our March Workshop focusing on innovative soil sensor technologies and monitoring tools to benefit carbon, water, and nutrient management for sustainable agriculture. Please contact Katie DeMuro at with any questions. We thank the Lumpkin Family Foundation for their support of this initiative.

Tuesday, September 8th, 12pm CT - 12:45pm CT

Illinois Corn Farmers’ Perspectives on Nutrient Loss

Dr. Maria Boerngen, Illinois State University, Assistant Professor

Illinois farmers are being encouraged to voluntarily limit the amount of fertilizer they lose through runoff, thereby helping to achieve the ambitious goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. In this webinar, Maria will discuss how Illinois corn farmers perceive and are responding to nutrient loss concerns, including their adoption of the best management practices recommended in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Watch a recording of Maria's presentation here.

Tuesday, September 15th , 12pm CT - 12:45pm CT

Effects of Agricultural Inputs and Management on Some Key Indicators of Soil Health

Mitchell Curtis, Illinois Producer, JLM Farms

Mitchell will detail the best practices used on their family farm including no-till on soil health, carbon, and return on investment. The Ohio State University conducted research on their farm on the effects of management practices and glyphosate on soil health, carbon/organic matter, nutrients, and biological activity.

Watch a recording of Mitchell's presentation here.


Tuesday, September 29th, 12pm CT - 1pm CT

Soil Moisture Data, How to Use It, and Benefits to Producers

Dr. Jennie Atkins, Illinois State Water Survey, WARM Program Manager

State and national networks are monitoring soil moisture throughout the Midwest.  In this webinar, Jennie will discuss the soil moisture monitoring within the region and the tools available for farmers.

Watch a recording of Jennie's presentation here.