Larry Simpson, director of education and training for Mycorrhizal Applications, will present Role of Mycorrhizal Fungi in Soil Health. Simpson argues that the single most misunderstood aspect of mycorrhizae is how profoundly important they actually are: “In the system, mycorrhizal fungi are actually the primary means by which 95% of all the plants on the planet are supposed to get nutrients and water from the soil.”

What about the roots then? “Believe it or not, the actual biological function of the root, beyond physically anchoring the plant, is not to absorb nutrients and water from the soil. The root is a specialized tissue whose purpose is to harbor mycorrhizae. The fact that roots can absorb water and nutrients without mycorrhizae is a backup system that nature put in place in case they should lose their mycorrhizae. But it’s a temporary, get by system – very inefficient compared with the fungi,” says Simpson. Watch Larry Simpson on YouTube…

The Land Institute is a cutting edge, science-based organization is dedicated to advancing perennial grain crops and polyculture farming solutions. Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute, will lead us on a tour of its programs.

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This workshop is presented in partnership with Star Seed.

Amazing Grazing is a collaboration of the Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Graziers Association. Funding for this project was provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center & USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Award Number 2012-49200-20032. Project partners include: Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, K-State Research and Extension, Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, and NRCS-Kansas.