- Author: Diana Nix
June 6, 2017
Soil Health Field Day
A 24-minute video summarizing information presented at and discussed in the half-day training session on benefits of soil management for farming systems that was held in Five Points, CA is available at You Tube via this link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YKh64PlBZzU
Host Tom Willey's hour-long interview with Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition that aired on Friday, May 5th, at 5:00 PM on KFCF, 88.1 FM down here in Fresno, is now available as a You Tube video at the link below.
For six years, citizen scientist Peter Donovan has crisscrossed the continental United States in a converted school bus-soils lab to spread knowledge and passion for transforming atmospheric carbon into soil carbon. Peter's Soil Carbon Challenge touches down in Fresno to evaluate soil-building efforts hereabouts and to engage "Down on the Farm" host Tom Willey in conversation this Friday evening, May 5th. Tune in to Free Speech Radio KFCF 88.1 FM to learn how your farm or garden can become part of the solution.
On June 24, 2016, about 40 visitors came to the public field day at Sano Farms in Firebaugh, CA and learned about the innovative, climate-smart, and reduced disturbance production systems that they have developed over the past 13 or so years for processing tomatoes. In the fall of each year, Sano and Sanchez grow a cover crop mix that consists of several species. They are now thinking of planting the cover crop flat, without beds. In the following spring, they come in with a 5-row (25 ft wide) cover crop roller that cuts and crimps that standing cover crop and knocks it down on the surface of the soil. They then run a Wilcox-Agriproducts Roller-Cutter implement that cuts the cover crop into pieces. Finally, they use a Wilcox-Agriproducts Performer reduced pass implement to reshape their tomato planting beds ahead of tomato transplanting. They unveiled the 25-ft wide cover crop roller and talked about a variety of soil improvements that they've seen as a result of the practices that they now employ. For instance, fertilizer inputs have been reduced by about half since they've been on this management program.
A video summarizing the farm visit with Tom Willey of T & D Willey Farms, a 75-acre organic farm in Madera, CA is posted below. In the video, Tom discusses his farm's goals for soil health and he describes how he achieves these goals through the practices he uses at the farm. More Conservation Tillage videos are available at the following website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVd3wKF3P6fA4zQWVKIouWA