The Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraging California farmers to consider ways to minimize tillage operations. First launched in 2017, the NRCS No-Till November campaign encourages farmers to consider how they might give their tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall and decrease soil disturbance. The campaign has reached more than 1.5 million people through Twitter and local media since it was launched. Minimizing tillage protects soil physical properties, thereby maintaining soil health and enhancing soil functions to hold and supply both water and nutrients to crops, and providing many conservation benefits to soil, water and air natural resources. “California farmers look for no-till benefits wherever they can, and NRCS is here to help you evaluate benefits of different tillage management,” said Carlos Suarez, NRCS State Conservationist in California. “Some of the corn and small grain silage systems have offered great opportunity for reduced tillage. No-till and reduce-till farming is one of many soil health conservation practices to promote water quality while saving farmers time and money. No-till November is an appropriate way to remind farmers about the important relationship between your tillage and soil health,” he said.
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