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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Offering Soils Management, Enhancement Series

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a five-part weekly series beginning this month on the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, soil management, and long-term enhancement of soil organic matter.

The series is a response to farmers’ increasing requests for more in-depth training on managing soils for long-term health and production, in addition to the exploration of options and recommendations for soil amendments, cover cropping and crop rotations, according to Frank Wertheim, UMaine Extension educator in the York County office in Springvale.

The series will provide management strategies for optimum crop production and long-term soil health. Classes are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 23-Nov. 20 in the Nasson Room of the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St. in Springvale. The cost for the entire series is $25 per person, or $10 per session. Preregistration is required. Call 1-800-287-1535 (in Maine), or (207) 324-2814.

UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 23 – Soil Basics: The Physical Properties of Soil, with Frank Wertheim
  • Oct. 30 – Soil Organic Matter, with Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension sustainable agriculture specialist, Orono
  • Nov. 6 – Making the Most of Soil Nutrient Amendments, with Mark Hutchison, UMaine Extension educator for Knox and Lincoln counties
  • Nov. 13 – Soil Testing and Interpretation, with Bruce Hoskins, soil scientist, UMaine Soil Testing and Analysis Lab
  • Nov. 20 – Cover Cropping and Crop Rotation for Long-Term Soil Enhancement, with Eric Sideman, organic crop specialist, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.


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