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GYPSUM EVENT TO BE HELD WITH OHIO STATE CONSERVATION TILLAGE MEETING
Source: Ohio State University sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture

The third annual Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium: Research and Practical Insights into Using Gypsum is planned for March 7, 2013, in conjunction with The Ohio State University's (OSU) Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference (CTC) in Ada, OH. The CTC is scheduled for March 5-6. Both events will be held at the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

Co-sponsors for the Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium are the GYPSOIL division of Beneficial Reuse Management, here; the Conservation Technology Information Center, West Lafayette, IN; and The Ohio State University.

Confirmed speakers for the March 7 event include:

• Dr. Warren Dick, professor, Environmental and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH;

• Dr. Allen Torbert, research leader, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Auburn, AL;

• Dr. Darrell Norton, soil scientist recently retired from the National Soil Erosion Research Lab, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, West Lafayette, IN;

• Dr. Jerry Bigham, professor (retired), Environmental and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH;

• Ron Chamberlain, agronomist and director of gypsum programs for Beneficial Reuse Management, marketer of GYPSOIL™ brand gypsum.

Background on gypsum use, research highlights, and gypsum impacts to soil and water quality and crop productivity, plus tips for gypsum application, will be discussed. In addition, there will be panel discussions with growers and consultants experienced at using agricultural gypsum. Additional session speakers for the March 7 event will be announced as they are confirmed.

The Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium is designed for certified crop consultants, university and extension personnel, farm managers, farm producers and others interested in soil science. Last year's symposium was held at Rulon Enterprises in Arcadia, IN, and drew nearly 200 people.

OSU's CTC (March 5-6) is a recognized forum that includes sessions on corn and soybean production, water quality, conservation tillage practices, nutrient management and cover crops, plus more. The event will offer a strong line up of prominent speakers including keynoter Jerry Hatfield, a USDA-ARS supervising plant physiology and laboratory director. The full program and registration information for the CTC can be found at www.ctc.osu.edu.

Continuing Education Unit credits for Certified Crop Advisers will be available for both programs but separate registration is required.

For more information about the Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium, hotel accommodations, or to register, visit www.gypsoil.com/symposium or call Amy at 563-320-2247.


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