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Highlights of the Palestine Soil Health Short Course February 26-27, 2019
The Victoria Advocate reported highlights of the Soil Health Short Course held in Victoria, TX
Soil health benefits of
Tillage can destroy soil organic matter and structure, reduce water infiltration, increase runoff and make the soil less productive.
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
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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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.
SOIL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM
MAY 9-10, 2018
Farmers "Keep the Stubble" during No-Till November
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The Association of
Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas
There is untapped potential in precision cover cropping. "Precision cover cropping" strategy presents management opportunities.
Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts