No one ever asks dirt how it’s doing, but local landowners can learn how to do just that at a soil health workshop in Marietta next week.
From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 1 at the Love County fairgrounds in Marietta, local experts from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission will explain the major points of soil conservation and take questions. OCC Public Information Officer Christopher Cox said the meetings are for the general public, but are mostly attended by landowners.
“This is for anyone to learn things for their neighborhood, in their own yard, or for large-scale operations,” Cox said.
The workshop will be one of several held around the state. Cox said the workshop will cover different grazing practices for cattle, and the five principals of soil health: Continuous ground cover, minimizing soil disturbance, plant diversity, continual live plant root and livestock integration.
“We’ll have people there from the Love County conservation department and they’ll talk about area-specific natural resource concerns,” Cox said.
The Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Oklahoma Association of conservation districts team up to hold the workshops. A full list of events can be found at Ok.gov/conservation.
“We’re trying to host as many of these around the state as we can during the growing season, through spring and summer,” Cox said.
The workshop falls right on the heels of a heatwave that saw temperatures hit above 100 degrees.  
“We have our various soil experts that will explain why it’s important, then we’ll open it up for questions,” Cox said. “So I would imagine the effects of weather will be touched upon.”