HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018 SOIL HEALTH SYMPOSIUMS

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

PALESTINE

SOIL HEALTH  SYMPOSIUM

MAY 9-10, 2018

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.

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.

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.  

SOIL HEALTH

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.

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. 

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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FULL OF LIFE.pdf

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

Highlights of Other Soil Health Symposiums 

Held Across the State

SOIL

MATTERS

Farmers "Keep the Stubble" during No-Till November

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

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.

The Association of

INNOVATE TO IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH.pdf

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

ANNOUNCING

2019 SOIL HEALTH

SHORT COURSE


​VICTORIA, TX    APRIL 23-24

-See more info below- 

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

COVERED ALL THE TIME.pdf

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