Healthy Soil Vs. Drought

Healthy Soil Vs. Drought



California’s drought is making times tough
for farmers there. But U-S-D-A’s Natural Resources Conservation
Service is working with farmers to keep what little moisture there is in the soil. And with those principles of building more
infiltration in the soil, that’s going to help us prevent that water, that little water
that we have from evaporating. Healthy soil holds water. Two ways to make sure soil stays healthy is
by reducing tillage and keeping plant residue on top of the field. This keeps in nutrients and shields soil from
the elements. By leaving residue on top of the soil surface,
I protect my soil. I protect it from winds and sun that could
rob the moisture from the soil. If I give to my soil, my soil will give back
to me. Farmer Scott Park has also built top notch
soil health with superb moisture retention. His tomato transplants reaped the benefits
this spring. I have gone thirty two days without having
to turn the water on so that is just a great example of building up the soil and having
the soil save you headaches, water use and more expenses and it’s a healthier plant
as it’s developing a good root system on its own. Farmers can learn more about soil health by
contacting their local N-R-C-S office or going to U-S-D-A dot gov. For the U-S Department of Agriculture, I’m
Bob Ellison.

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