Thursday, April 14 10:00-11:00am DNR Building
Friday, April 15 10:00-11:00am DNR Building
Saturday, April 16 10:00-11:00am DNR Building
Maximizing Soil Health: It’s More Than Just Dirt!
Most horse owners strive to achieve a lush, green pasture for their horses, but it can be easy to focus too much on the above-ground aspects of pasture management when we need to begin looking underneath the grass. Soil is a key component in pasture ecology, and healthy soil is necessary to achieve productive pastures which can provide valuable nutrients to our horses. In order to cultivate healthy soil, it is important to understand how to adequately sample, interpret, and then manage your pasture based on a soil analysis. At this talk, we will discuss different soil types, how to properly sample soil, where to send it in for an analysis, and how to interpret and apply the results to your own pasture in order to maximize soil health!
Dr. Michelle DeBoer has her M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Currently, Dr. DeBoer is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls where she teaches Animal Physiology and Equine Production. She also performs research focusing on pasture management, nutrition, blanketing, deworming, and other horse husbandry topics. Outside of work, Dr. DeBoer enjoys agility with her dog, Kira, and rides her Arabian horses in dressage and endurance.