Nebraska Soil Health School benefits growers and conservation planners
The Nebraska Soil Health School held in North Platte on June 27-28 offered lecture sessions and hands-on learning for NRCS Planners, local agriculturalists, and others.
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- [00:00:00.000]The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- [00:00:02.844]is providing its planners more than booklet learning.
- [00:00:05.953]The Nebraska Soil Health School recently held in North Platte
- [00:00:09.241]offered lecture sessions and hands-on learning for NRCS
- [00:00:13.170]Planners, local agriculturalists, and others. Carlos Villarreal,
- [00:00:17.639]USDA NRCS Nebraska state soil scientist, said
- [00:00:21.979]their planners meet producers and discuss the steps of conservation
- [00:00:25.659]The principles of soil health keeping the ground covered having
- [00:00:29.959]a living root throughout the year, minimizing the disturbance
- [00:00:34.601]whether that’s a tillage practice, and try to convince them and
- [00:00:38.176]show them the benefits of a no-till management system.
- [00:00:41.220]Diversity in crop rotation, diversity in cover crops,
- [00:00:44.888]and then the integration of livestock. Once we understand the
- [00:00:48.538]principles of soil health, then we can talk about
- [00:00:50.646]how we use those different principles to address those resource
- [00:00:54.231]concerns on their property. And like we say,
- [00:00:57.444]the conservation plan is just a road map to help the
- [00:01:02.574]producer meet their conservation needs and goals, and objectives.
- [00:01:05.885]Villareal said jointly the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- [00:01:09.644]and NRCS are working on new aspects of conservation.
- [00:01:12.975]Urban agriculture is a big thing, and as conservation
- [00:01:16.805]planners who have not typically been in that arena,
- [00:01:20.109]we rely on our UNL extension educators,
- [00:01:23.251]UNL extension, and UNL researchers to help us
- [00:01:27.791]understand the science of urban agriculture.
- [00:01:30.694]The same with soil health and understanding no-till
- [00:01:35.224]management systems, you know, they have research
- [00:01:38.074]studies that have been going on for more than 40 years.
- [00:01:40.333]And we’re able to use information that’s collected from
- [00:01:43.180]that farm translated for us to understand so that we can
- [00:01:46.424]share that with our producers as well. Just that collaborative
- [00:01:50.266]effort is so important for us to be able to be on the frontlines of
- [00:01:53.985]conservation. Working with private landowners across the state
- [00:01:57.266]to ensure that the science is being implemented correctly
- [00:02:01.401]and that we’re doing a good thing with soil health across the state.
- [00:02:06.910]Villareal was one of many speakers at the second,
- [00:02:09.660]two-day Nebraska Soil Health School sponsored
- [00:02:12.669]by UNL and the USDA NRCS on June 27-28, at the
- [00:02:17.080]West Central Research, Extension and Education Center
- [00:02:20.520]in North Platte. The next workshop will be
- [00:02:23.106]held in August at the Haskell Lab in Concord, Nebraska.
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