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The Road to Soil Health:
Farming in the 21st Century

By Steve Woodruff, Ph.D.
Agronomist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Phone:
336-370-3370
Email:Steve.Woodruff@gnb.usda.gov


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Summary: In the past, most growers and those in agriculture-related fields regarded soils as the medium for growing plants. Now there is an increasing interest in soil health and understanding the role soil biology plays in the growing of our crops. This webcast will help consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners in the Southern U.S. cotton producing states to understand how soils function and how improving soil health can increase water holding capacity while reducing runoff and moderating soil temperatures. Improving soil health is accomplished through management practices that provide habitat and food for the soilís biology. This presentation will specifically help the understanding and implementation of the four basic principles of soil health that lead to better water use efficiency. These four principles are: minimize soil disturbance, increase plant diversity, grow a living root year round, and keep the soil covered.




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