IL wheat harvest

A farmer combines wheat in a field near Hurst, in Williamson County. Farmers, agronomists and millers reported good yields and low incidence of disease this year.

The Soil Health Partnership is dedicating three days to wheat's role in soil health during Wheat Week Sept. 8-10. Each day will consist of a virtual field day that begins at 9 a.m.

“We have partnered with several organizations, along with farmers in Minnesota and Kansas, to spotlight the unique benefits of wheat,“ said Anna Teeter, Minnesota field manager for the Soil Health Partnership. “Diversifying crop rotations with a small grain like wheat can provide opportunities to expand conservation practices.”

The first day will focus on why and how wheat industry groups are investing in soil health and striving for sustainability. Day two will feature Soil Health Partnership farmers in Kansas, Justin Knopf and Mike Jordan. Day three includes Soil Health Partnership farmers in Minnesota, Glenn Hjelle and Trinity Creek Ranch.

This provides the opportunity to hear from growers who have experienced challenges in their operations and are incorporating effective soil health practices to mitigate them, as well as how growers persevere with conservation practices in diverse growing conditions.

“Holding this virtually allows us to have impactful conversations with growers looking for guidance on soil health practices well beyond our area,” said Keith Byerly, Soil Health Partnership field manager for Kansas and Nebraska. “When it comes to soil health, we find that while the practice may be different, the principle is still the same. So, no matter the region you farm, there are beneficial takeaways.”

To register for one or all three days go to: https://www.soilhealthpartnership.org/events/. If you cannot attend the live event, still register for access to the recording of the field day.

The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that promotes the adoption of soil health practices for economic and environmental benefit. A program of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the partnership extends to more than 200 working farms in 16 states.