Nebraska Soil Health School: agriculturist need to move to healthy soils across the board
UNL and USDA NRCS held a Nebraska Soil Health School and heard from Paul Jasa, UNL extension engineer, on soil and what creates healthy soils.
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- [00:00:00.000]The University of Nebraska-Lincoln held a Nebraska Soil
- [00:00:03.117]Health School on June 27, at the West Central
- [00:00:05.946]Research, Extension and Education Center in North Platte.
- [00:00:09.268]Paul Jasa, UNL extension engineer, said the soil school is
- [00:00:13.308]to give people a better understanding of
- [00:00:15.473]how and what creates healthy soils. We’re trying to look
- [00:00:19.165]across how does healthy soil benefit everybody.
- [00:00:22.057]So, when it comes to some of the things,
- [00:00:24.023]we’ve worked with over the years. It’s like stop
- [00:00:26.371]doing tillage as tillage destroys soil health destroys soil structure.
- [00:00:30.532]We start thinking about no-till. Then in
- [00:00:33.064]later years, we started thinking about water quality,
- [00:00:35.413]as water quality improves, then again helps
- [00:00:38.552]the community, but it makes our crops more efficient.
- [00:00:41.120]Then as we start thinking about food quality again,
- [00:00:44.915]healthier soil, less potential hazards that apply to
- [00:00:49.245]the fields things like this, we get better food.
- [00:00:52.150]And we’re learning that healthy soils gives us
- [00:00:55.200]all those things. We actually should have started with
- [00:00:58.341]healthy soil, we would have reduced erosion, we would
- [00:01:01.021]have had better water quality, we would have had higher
- [00:01:03.226]quality food. But again, healthy soils is what we’re realizing
- [00:01:05.806]we need to do now across the board.
- [00:01:07.901]Jasa stressed healthy soils are not the same everywhere.
- [00:01:11.798]Well, when it comes to healthy soils, a lot of people are looking
- [00:01:15.408]for a silver bullet to fix all their problems.
- [00:01:18.052]Healthy soils do help fix a lot of problems but there is
- [00:01:21.028]no single step to make a healthy soil.
- [00:01:23.371]And again just looking across our general population
- [00:01:26.799]everyone has their own version of what they consider
- [00:01:29.968]healthy. Same thing we start looking at soils a soil in western
- [00:01:33.318]Nebraska in a low rainfall area versus eastern Nebraska,
- [00:01:36.824]a high rainfall area. Healthy soils may look completely
- [00:01:39.560]different but again its the healthy soil for the environment
- [00:01:41.935]you’re in. But one of the keys for the healthy soils when a
- [00:01:45.819]farmer starts thinking about or a livestock man
- [00:01:48.639]starts thinking about it is stop degrading the soil resource.
- [00:01:53.228]Jasa said changing your management, such as stopping tillage for
- [00:01:56.818]a farmer or over-grazing for livestock producers, will begin
- [00:02:00.371]to create healthier soils. The Nebraska Soil Health School,
- [00:02:03.931]sponsored by UNL and the USDA NRCS, will host the next
- [00:02:08.556]workshop on August 1-2 at the Haskell Lab in Concord, Nebraska.
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