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Achieving Healthy Soil in Low
Rainfall Environments

December 2018

By Katie L. Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Soil Chemistry and Fertility
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

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Summary: Semi-arid ecoregions have some of the harshest growing conditions, and while the principles of soil health management systems are the same across ecoregions, practices must be optimized for different environmental conditions. This presentation will help consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners in cotton-producing, semi-arid regions to understand the challenges of and practical solutions to implementing soil health-promoting practices. Specifically, in this presentation, practitioners will learn what soil health management systems include; how organic matter contributes to soil health; why soil health-promoting practices need to be regionally optimized; and what challenges are to be expected when using cover crops in semi-arid environments. By the end of this presentation, the practitioner should know more about the challenges of using cover crops in semi-arid ecoregions and how to overcome them to have healthier soils while maintaining farm profitability.

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