Conservation Demonstrations…

give educators a convincing visual of the effects of soil texture, organic matter, root and vegetative systems on the soil. With easy setup and use, you can focus on helping agricultural producers understand the importance of soil health and setting management goals for improvement.

Product development is currently underway for researchers, schools and teachers. Creator Bud Davis spent 15 years as a state agronomist educating agricultural producers the effects of management practices on erosion. His field day presentations revealed the need for an easy-to-use demonstration to explain differences in management practices side by side — differences that you’d otherwise have to be out in a field in a rainstorm to witness. Finding that existing demonstrations were clunky and unreliable, Davis was determined to find a better solution.

He worked with a fabricator to create his first Conservation Demonstration, refining his design over the years to offer a wide variety of options to illustrate soil health concepts. Davis began selling the demonstrations in 2008 and has since distributed to more than 28 states, including those as far away as Hawaii and Vermont, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ukraine.

Soil health…

has always been of interest to Davis, whose father was a district conservationist in Minneapolis, Kansas. As a youth, he gave a 4-H demonstration on organic matter, using two long glass tubes with screen on the bottom to show differences in organic matter in soil samples from a tilled field and undisturbed fencerow. Davis and his wife, Terry, reside near Salina, Kansas. They offer a variety delivery and training options for each unit purchased.