2016 Eco-Ag U ─ Micronutrient/Trace Element Soil Fertility
1 day, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 ─ open to All-Access and Conference-Plus registrants
Badge pickup at 8 a.m. Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
In this presentation soil fertility consultant Neal Kinsey will discuss micronutrients and trace elements in a farm fertility program. What kind of soil fertility should the average farmer or grower expect to have? Most farmers have land that has been in production for many years. A sizable portion of that land will have received at best N-P-K and lime over those years. But many who make their living in agriculture tell us that in spite of new seed varieties and good management practices, their yields have either stagnated, or begun to drop. When it comes to production and/or quality, this can often be the case in spite of using as much or even more fertilizer than before.
This all-day seminar will focus specifically on micronutrients (trace elements), jumping beyond the major players of soil fertility ─ calcium, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphate, potassium, sodium, composts and manure ─ and focusing on them only as required for utilization of key trace elements by the plants.
Topics include . . .
• The soil audit: Key information
• Introduction to soil testing and soil fertility using the Albrecht model
• Introducing micronutrients for soil fertility needs:
Boron ─ use and cautions
Considering iron and if it is needed
Manganese for soils and crops
Copper ─ importance and uses
Zinc for fertility and crop needs
. . . plus, cobalt, molybdenum and more.
Examples will be drawn from a variety of soils, and recommendations will include options for organic, sustainable and transitional farmers.
About the PresenterNeal Kinsey grew up in southeast Missouri and worked on the farm for his father until he graduated from high school. To make his way through college, he worked part-time and summers as a crop reporter for the USDA's ASCS in Missouri and Illinois. He obtained his B.S. degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 1966, Kinsey enrolled in a master's degree program in Food Industry Logistics in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There he met Dr. William A. Albrecht, who later provided the technical training in soil fertility required by Kinsey's profession. In 1968 Kinsey moved to Texas and took a job with a large environmental research project conducted by Ambassador College at Big Sandy. He eventually became assistant to the director. Later, he became business manager followed by agricultural operations manager for the Ambassador College Agriculture Department. While serving in this capacity, he became a certified consultant for Brookside Farms Laboratory of New Knoxville, Ohio. In 1977 he established Kinsey Agricultural Services. His workshops and seminars take him all around the world to train hundreds of consultants and growers in soil fertility management utilizing the principles of cation exchange and base saturation, specializing in the building, re-building and maintenance of soils for quality crop production. In addition to consulting on standard crops such as corn, cotton, soybeans, rice, wheat, alfalfa and grain sorghum, he does work on specialty crops such as wine grapes, bananas, coffee, melons, potatoes, almonds, walnuts, avocados, vegetables and seed production. He is co-author of the book Hands-On Agronomy and lectures frequently around the world.
Study Before You GoHands-On Agronomy The soil is more than just a substrate that anchors crops in place. An ecologically balanced soil system is essential for maintaining healthy crops. Hands-On Agronomy is a comprehensive manual on effective soil fertility management providing many on-farm examples to illustrate the various principles and how to use them. The function of micronutrients, earthworms, soil drainage, tilth, soil structure, and organic matter is explained in thorough detail. Kinsey demonstrates that working with the soil produces healthier crops with a higher yield. To that end, he provides an understanding of eco-agriculture as a viable enterprise that is both naturally and commercially sustainable. This work offers advice that is both highly valuable and applicable to the farmer of any level and promotes an ecological understanding of the farm from the ground up. More information.
Hands-On Agronomy DVD This fascinating video details Neal Kinsey’s most important lessons. He teaches a sophisticated, easy-to-live-with system of fertility management that focuses on balance, not merely quantity of fertility elements. It works in a variety of soils and crops, both conventional and organic. In sharp contrast to the current methods only using N-P-K and pH and viewing soil only as a physical support media for plants, the basis of all his teachings are to feed the soil, and let the soil feed the plant. The Albrecht system of soils is covered, along with how to properly take soil samples and points to consider for interpreting the results. Obviously in this short video we cannot teach all the details found in a book like Hands on Agronomy or a day-long seminar; however, we can teach you the major principles, and if you learn those, you will be a long way down the road to understanding what is required for improving the productivity of your soil. More information.