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March 2021

Soil Health in a Cotton and Peanut Rotation

March 2

This showcase will focus on how to improve soil health in a rotation that includes cotton and peanuts. Mr. Peyton Sapp, Burke County Georgia Extension Coordinator, will present some preliminary results from the long-term crop rotation plots at the Southeast Georgia Research farm near Midville, GA. In addition, Mr. Burton Heatwole, Millen, GA, will discuss his use of multi-species cover crops to address soil health issues on his farm.

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Soil Health: View from the Cotton Gin

March 9

This showcase will include views from Mr. Robbie Waters, Scotland Neck, NC, who manages the Edwards Cotton Company, on how focusing on soil health provides benefit to the cotton industry. Mr. Waters is also a cotton producer who is starting to use cover crops. He will be joined by Mr. Zeb Winslow, Scotland Neck, NC, who has been using no-till, cover crops and nutrient management to grow his cotton for the past 8 years. Mr. Winslow has learned that getting…

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Lessons from 8 Years of Regenerative Agriculture

March 16

This showcase will feature a presentation by Mr. Jason Carter, Eastover, SC covering lessons learned while implementing cover crops, no-till and nutrient management on his 800-acre farm operation on the coastal plain soils of South Carolina during the past 8 years. He says he benefits from increased soil organic matter, reduced weed pressure and a robust nutrient cycle that has allowed him to reduce fertilizer use. Mr. Doug Newton, Clio, SC has seen an increase in beneficial insects because of…

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Why Soil Health is Important to the Future of U.S. Cotton

March 23

This showcase will feature representatives from the Walmart Foundation, Cotton Inc. and the Soil Health Institute discussing the importance of soil health and regenerative agriculture to the future of U.S. cotton. Questions dealing with increased consumer interest in sustainably grown food and fiber, the “Cotton Trust Protocol,” and the science supporting soil health principles will be covered.

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