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Improving Soil Health in a Dry Climate
This showcase will center around the challenges posed by managing water and improving soil health in California’s Mediterranean climate where most of the rain comes during the winter. Dr. Jeff Mitchell, Cropping Specialist with the University of California, Davis, will lead a discussion with several cotton producers in the San Joaquin Valley who are using cover crops and compost to help. Mr. John Teixeira, Firebaugh, CA raises organic cotton and understands the challenges that this poses in managing cover crops. Mr. Gary Martin, Mendota, CA, has benefited from use of soil amendments like poultry litter and compost to improve his soil health. Mr. Cary Crum, Madera, CA, a private crop consultant, has worked with silage growers in California to include cover crops and no-till to improve soil health.