Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource.
As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. By farming using soil health principles and systems that include no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, more and more farmers are actually increasing their soil’s organic matter and improving microbial activity. As a result, farmers are sequestering more carbon, increasing water infiltration, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat—all while harvesting better profits and often better yields.
National Center for Appropriate Technology has been awarded the NRCS CIG grant to study soil health in sub tropical climate region of south Texas. PPC Farms signed up to host the project, matching the public grant dollars with our contribution of land and labor.
Last fall, we look at different cover crop options from clovers to buckwheat. During the summer months, our fields were planted with sudan grass and various legumes including pigeon peas. As we begin our 2018 fall planting season, we are excited to look at different ways for farmers to sequester carbon in the soil and help the soil microbes to help us. We will keep you updated pictures from time to time.