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Assistance in developing a Soil Health Management System or Transition to Organic Farming.
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1. Determine Available Water Quantity, Quality & Consumptive Use
2. Assess Soil Health & Fertility Baseline Conditions (contact us)
3. Plant Cover Crop Mix (Biological Primers that regenerate Soil Health)
4. Plant Diverse Crop Rotations (to reduce incidence of Pests/Diseases/Weeds)
5. Use No-Till/Minimum-Till (to reduce Physical Soil Disturbance)
6. Select Appropriate Irrigation System
7. Use an Irrigation Water Management Plan
8. Use an Integrated Pest Mgt. Plan (emphasis on Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring & Suppression)
9. Assess/Monitor your SHMS & Adjust as Needed
10. Build a NMSU Johnson-Su Bioreactor (to increase soil microbes)
Soil Health (Soil Quality) is – “the capacity of a specific kind of soil to function, within natural or managed ecosystem boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation” (Karlen et al., 1997). Soil Science Society of America’s Ad Hoc Committee on Soil Quality.
Not so long ago, it was thought that the best hope for our soil was to slow its loss—by using conservation practices to reduce wind and water erosion.
But farmers and scientists have discovered we can actually build better functioning, higher-performing and more-productive soils. In fact, healthy soils, rich in organic matter and microbial life, may well be the key to feeding the world’s growing population—sustainable—well into the future.
“Farmers and Ranchers are becoming (every day) increasingly interested in soil biology (Soil Food Web), particularly soil carbon because it helps to build aggregate stability, and the diversity increases resilience to diseases and pest control. Including sequestering carbon that has an influence in a changing climate”
OUR EXPERIENCED TEAM IS WELL VERSED IN CONSERVATION.
With our vision, we have a united and experienced coalition of farmers and ranchers that depend on generations of knowledge to make that vision happen.
Building Soil Health (Quality) — “If we take care of the land, it will take care of us.” ~Hugh Hammond Bennett
OUR PURPOSEFUL LEADERSHIP
The leadership have developed the vision for the expressed purpose of maintaining the farming and ranching communities through the understanding of soil health in Arid Southwest.
They believes that: Healthy “Productive” Soils = Economic Sense!
GENERAL TRAINING TOPICS
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- Conservation Tillage/No Till/Seeding
- Cover Crops/Rotations/Nutrient Management
- General Soil Health
- Irrigation Practices & Techniques
- Making the Transition
- Range & Pasture
- Soil Amendments
- Soil Biology
- Soil Health and Human Health
- Soil Health Video
- Soil Testing and Monitoring
Ray’s Soil Health Page – Basic training videos of many of NRCS national soil health presentations. Excellent resource/training!