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Grower Citizen Science Project

December 2019

By Natasja van Gestel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

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Summary: There are many challenges facing cotton growers in west Texas. These include climate extremes, related to temperatures and drought, but also dwindling groundwater supplies. The information provided in the presentation is the result of a grower citizen science project that is aimed at helping growers face those challenges. This presentation will help consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners in the southern High Plains to understand more about regenerative practices that help build soil resiliency to climate extremes. Growers and other practitioners will learn about the effects of soil management on the soil environment, in terms of moisture and temperature, organic matter and the soil microbiology. By the end of the presentation practitioners will have an increased understanding of how certain simple agricultural practices promote soil resiliency to climate extremes.

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