Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase
Submitted by The Soil Health Institute
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., January 19, 2021 /CSRwire/ – The Soil Health Institute (SHI), the non-profit charged with safeguarding and enhancing the vitality and productivity of soils, invites you to join eight online discussions with U.S. cotton farmers and soil health experts who are improving soil health and evaluating its return on investment.
The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase events will be livestreamed beginning 2 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, February 2, 2021 and run every Tuesday through March. Cotton producers, consultants and other interested parties may register one time to participate in each showcase and receive notifications for each event. Registration is free but required to participate.
HEALTHY SOILS FOR SUSTAINABLE COTTON FARMER SHOWCASE
Illuminating Discussions with Cotton Growers and Leaders on Improving Soil Health in Eight States
BUILDING SOIL HEALTH – THE FOUNDATION OF REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
Soil Health Challenges in the Delta: What Works and What Doesn’t
February 2, 2021
Mr. Sledge Taylor, Farmer, Como, MS
Mr. Parker Frew, Delta F.A.R.M.
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSISSIPPI
The Delta, with its fine-grained, dark soils and sometimes significant pressures from tough weeds such as Palmer amaranth or extreme weather such as a slow-moving hurricane, demands special skills from its cotton growers.
Soil Health in Texas: Lessons from Long-term Study Sites
February 9, 2021
Dr. Paul DeLaune, Texas AgriLife Professor Environmental Soil Science
Dr. Jamie Foster, Texas AgriLife Professor Forages
Dr. Katie Lewis, Texas AgriLife Associate Professor Soil Fertility and Chemistry
HIGH PLAINS REGION
Dr. Murilo Maeda, Texas AgriLife Assistant Professor and Cotton Specialist
Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas AgriLife Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Mr. Jeremy Brown, Farmer, Lubbock, TX
Mr. Barry Evans, Farmer, Lubbock, TX
ROLLING PLAINS REGION
Dr. Emi Kimura, Assistant Professor, Texas AgriLife Agronomist and Extension State Peanut Specialist
SOUTH TEXAS REGION
Dr. Josh McGinty, Texas AgriLife Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
SPOTLIGHT ON TEXAS
Explore the local challenges and benefits of adopting practices to improve soil health across Texas. Farmers’ experiences are compared to lessons from Texas A&M long-term study sites.
Soil Health in Arkansas: Is it Profitable?
February 16, 2021
Dr. Bill Robertson, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Cotton Agronomist
Mr. Matt Fryer, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Soil Instructor
Mr. Adam Chappell, Farmer, Cotton Plant, AR
Mr. Jess Flye, Farmer, Trumann, AR
Mr. Wes Kirkpatrick, Farmer, Dumas, AR
SPOTLIGHT ON ARKANSAS
Three cotton producers with different levels of experience related to soil health practices and activities – as well as different views about tillage and cover crops – discuss growing cotton and farming for soil health in Arkansas. This webinar dives into economic data as well.
Improving Soil Health in a Dry Climate
February 23, 2021
Dr. Jeff Mitchell, University of California, Davis
Mr. John Teixeira, Farmer, Firebaugh, CA
Mr. Gary Martin, Farmer, Mendota, CA
Mr. Cary Crum, California Ag Solutions Crop Consultant, Madera, CA
SPOTLIGHT ON CALIFORNIA
Growers in a dry climate face specific cotton production challenges as they manage for moisture and overcome low organic matter, especially if they strive to build ecologically sensitive farming systems. California producers and soil health experts evaluate the best practices that hold promise in the state.
Soil Health in a Cotton and Peanut Rotation
March 2, 2021
Mr. Peyton Sapp, University of Georgia, Burke County Extension Coordinator
Mr. Burton Heatwole, Farmer, Millen, GA
SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGIA
When cotton growers rotate with peanuts, they obviously navigate a less-traveled journey toward improved soil health, focusing on strategic crop rotation, best timing of cover crops, and balanced nutrient uptake. In this episode of Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase, Georgia growers discuss practices that work well in their efforts to enhance long-term sustainability.
Soil Health: View from the Cotton Gin
March 9, 2021
Mr. Robbie Waters, Edwards Cotton Company, Scotland Neck, NC
Mr. Zeb Winslow, Farmer, Scotland Neck, NC
SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA
When you’ve evaluated cotton bales for years and built relationships with area cotton producers, you’re bound to have insight into which production practices pay year-after-year. In this episode, we ask a local cotton ginner to share his perspective of soil health benefits for the area’s cotton producers. Then, we talk with a local producer about his experiences, especially focusing on cover crop seeding and termination.
Lessons from 8 Years of Regenerative Agriculture
March 16, 2021
Dr. Buz Kloot, Research Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
Mr. Doug Newton, Farmer, Clio, SC
Mr. Jason Carter, Farmer, Eastover, SC
SPOTLIGHT ON THE CAROLINAS
After multiple years of experimentation and learning from their cotton fields, these producers discuss how to maximize the impact of soil health promoting practices on their Coastal Plain soils.
Why Soil Health is Important to the Future of U.S. Cotton
March 23, 2021
Regenerative Agriculture Leaders:
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute
Mr. Greg Bohrer, Walmart.org
Dr. Jesse Daystar, Cotton, Inc.
SPOTLIGHT ON REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
This conversation asks important questions of key regenerative agriculture leaders:
The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase is part of the Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project, which provides farmer-focused education and training events delivered by Soil Health Institute scientists, partnering with local soil health technical specialists and farmer mentors who have implemented successful soil health management systems. The project aims to increase the adoption of soil health management systems among cotton producers while documenting environmental and economic benefits.
Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton is supported through the generosity of the Wrangler® brand, the VF Corporation Foundation and the Walmart Foundation. For more information about the project, visit https://soilhealthinstitute.org/soil-health-training/. To register and learn more about the virtual Farmer Showcase events, visit https://soilhealthinstitute.org/soil-health-training/farmer-showcase/.
About the Soil Health Institute
The Soil Health Institute (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) is a non-profit whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. The Institute works with its many stakeholders to identify gaps in research and adoption; develop strategies, networks and funding to address those gaps; and ensure beneficial impact of those investments to agriculture, the environment and society.
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VF Corporation outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. VF is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for its customers and shareholders. For more information, visit www.vfc.com.
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About the Soil Health Institute
The Soil Health Institute is a global non-profit with a mission to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. We bring together leaders in soil health science and the industry to help farmers, ranchers, and landowners adopt soil health systems that build drought resilience, stabilize yield, and benefit their bottom line.
The Institute’s team of scientists, holding doctorates in various soil science and related disciplines, has developed highly effective soil health targets and standardized measurements to quantify progress at achieving regenerative and sustainable agricultural systems, and leads the cutting-edge fields of carbon sequestration and decoding the soil microbiome.
Healthy soils are the foundation for rejuvenating our land. Together, we can create a secure future for all, mitigate the effects of climate change, and help agriculture and organizations meet production and environmental goals at scale.
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