Soil Health Series
June 7, 2017
Participants of the Soil Health Challenges of High Disturbance Crops webinar will learn how innovative producers implement the four core soil health principles and include livestock in their management systems when growing crops that require a lot of soil disturbance.
In stark contrast to the soil health principle of minimizing soil disturbance, certain crops, such as potatoes, sugar beets, and peanuts, require a lot of soil disturbance during harvest, leaving these soils in a degraded state. This webinar focuses on how innovative farmers overcome the impact of disturbance activities by adopting the ecological concepts outlined in NRCS’ soil health principles. Cover crops play a significant role in increased diversity and keeping living roots growing longer. The presenter will cover innovative methods of seeding cover crops after harvest, cover crop selection for optimum benefits, and impacts of grazing livestock to accelerate soil health changes.
The webinar presenter is Marlon Winger, West Regional Soil Health Specialist, USDA NRCS Soil Health Division, Casper, WY.