Water, soil testing fair planned

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, in cooperation with the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State Extension — Miami County, and Miami Conservancy District will sponsor a free Water and Soil Testing Fair from 4;30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in the Miami East High School cafeteria.

No reservations are needed. All testing should take about 30 minutes to complete.

Additionally, 20-minute informational and educational speakers will be in the Miami East High School Lecture hall to share valuable information while you wait for your results. At 5 p.m., aMiami County Master Gardner will present, “Fertilizing the Garden and Best Management Practices.” At 5:30 p.m., Amanda Bennett from the Miami Extension Office will share, “Why Soil Testing is Important.” And, at 6 p.m., Linda Raterman from the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District will explain, “Why is Water Testing Important.”

Free water tests will determine both nitrates and nitrites are present in the well water sample. If your home’s well is more than 40 years old, is less than 50 feet deep or hasn’t been tested within the last year then bring a well-water sample to the event. The fresh sample should be collected using fresh water, stored in a clean container, and refrigerated until the event. For more information on how to take a water sample,contact the Miami Soil & Water at 335-7645.

Free soil tests will be available to test soil levels of pH, phosphorus, and potassium. Samples should be taken early so that they can air dry to a crumbly texture. Contact the Extension Office at 440-3945 or bennett.709@osu.edu for further directions in collecting a sample for testing.

This project was made possible from a grant from the National FFA Organization’s Living To Serve Environmental Grant program. For more information, visit the Miami East High School website under the FFA tab or by calling (937) 335-7070, Ext. 3212, or emailing memcarity@mdeca.org.