This campaign is mirrored after the cancer awareness "No Shave November" campaign that encourages people not to shave during the entire month.  This NRCS campaign encourages farmers to keep the crop stubble on their fields to protect the soil.


"What a creative and effective campaign NRCS across the Nation has developed to encourage producers to "Keep the Stubble," said Texas State Conservationist Salvador Salinas. 

RANCHERS LEARN WAYS

TO BE MORE ADAPTABLE TO CHANGE 

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Highlights of the Palestine Soil Health Short Course February 26-27, 2019

DO NOT DISTURB.pdf

​Soil health benefits of 

reduced-till/no-till 

Tillage can destroy soil organic matter and structure, reduce water infiltration, increase runoff and make the soil less productive.

HIGH IN ORGANIC MATTER.pdf

What are active and stabilized organic matter and how do they differ?  Read how to avoid farming practices that lead to depletion of organic matter.

SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT

 TEXAS SOIL HEALTH WORKSHOPS BELOW

WATCH THIS PAGE FOR INFO ON FUTURE SOIL HEALTH WORKSHOPS

--ATTEND A WORKSHOP IN YOUR AREA--   

WELL-STRUCTURED SOIL.pdf

How to do a slake test to determine if your soil is well-structured.  Learn about macropores, micropores,  chemical and physical factors and biological processes.

THE TEXAS SOIL HEALTH SHORT COURSE IN VICTORIA WAS A HUGE SUCCESS 

A capacity crowd learned the benefits of good soil health and practical ways to implement best management practices to achieve maximum results  

Highlights of the Victoria, TX Soil Health Short Course

April 23-24, 2019

Soil matters.  All life is rooted in soil. 

Healthy soil is vital to agricultural production and therefore essential to all living things. 

Maintaining soil's healthy balance provides proper nutrients in food crops and grazing lands.  

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018 SOIL HEALTH SYMPOSIUMS

The Association of

INNOVATE TO IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH.pdf

There is untapped potential in precision cover cropping.  "Precision cover cropping" strategy presents management opportunities.

Cargill, Soil Health Institute to Study Economics of Soil Health
Management practices that improve soil health can be good for the farm and the environment, but farmers need information on economics when deciding whether to adopt these practices. To address this critical issue, Cargill and the Soil Health Institute have announced a new partnership to assess, demonstrate and communicate the economics of soil health management systems across North America.                 . . . read more

SOIL

MATTERS

COVERED ALL THE TIME.pdf

Why healthy soils need food and cover to survive and how cover saves scarce water

Farmers "Keep the Stubble" during No-Till November

The Victoria Advocate reported highlights of the Soil Health Short Course held in Victoria, TX 

SOIL HEALTH

TEMPLE, Texas, (Nov. 9, 2017) --The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners encourage farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested cropland fields and improve soil health during a special month long “No-Till November” campaign. No-tillage farming is one of the many ways we can increase our soil health and keep our farms sustainable.


                                                               

                                                           


                                                 


         





 “In a state as big as Texas, no-till management systems not only benefit our natural resources and agricultural producers, but all Texans benefit from the resulting healthy soils, improved water quality and wildlife habitat.

No-Tillage farming is a conservation tillage practice used to reduce soil disturbance, increases soil biological activity, armors the soil reducing erosion, and improves soil health in general while reducing the use of machinery and labor.

There are four basic soil health principles 1) Keep the soil covered as much as possible; 2) Do not disturb the soil; 3) Keep plants growing throughout the year to feed soil organisms; and 4) Use plant diversity to increase diversity in the soil.

So, remember this month to – “Keep the Stubble!”

For more information about the
No-Till Novembercampaign, visit the TexasNRCS website.

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BASICS AND BENEFITS.pdf

Managing for soil health is one of the most effective ways to increase crop productivity and profitability while improving the environment.

FULL OF LIFE.pdf

A natural, symbiotic system leads to healthy soils and more sustainable and profitable agriculture

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

PALESTINE

SOIL HEALTH  SYMPOSIUM

MAY 9-10, 2018

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

NACD LAUNCHES EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES WEBPAGE
Education is a critical element of the conservation effort at the local, state and national levels. Educating young people about the benefits of conservation helps to ensure the next generation will be wise stewards of America’s natural resources. NACD assists districts with their stewardship and education efforts by offering various materials and opportunities that can be used in classrooms with children of all ages. Covering topics including soil health, wildlife, forestry and general conservation, NACD has provided information and classroom resources that are available on our partners' websites. To access these lessons and more, visit the NACD Educational Resources webpage.