Experts Educate about the Importance of Healthy Soil
The East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District held an event with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate people about healthy soil. Carolyn Cook, an environmental scientist at the state Department of Food and Agriculture, stated:
Soil is really the foundation for the good work and benefits we get out of California agriculture.
The event highlighted key things such as the important of earthworms which bore tunnels that help with water and air flow and more importantly help decompose dead plants into nutrients for the soil. The goal of the event was to teach farmers that they do not need that much synthetic fertilizer. The Modest Bee writes,
They urge farmers to keep soil disturbance to a minimum when tilling, planting and harvesting. They want to prevent erosion by wind and rain, and compaction from heavy equipment.
It is important to maintain healthy soil to ensure long-term soil structure and fertility.
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