Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton

Overview

The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project aims to increase the adoption of soil health management systems among cotton producers while documenting environmental and economic benefits. The project 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.


Programs

Farmer Showcase

In this eight-part series, ten cotton producers and fifteen soil health specialists across eight cotton-growing regions spanning the United States discussed the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. Each speaker summarized how producers are making essential soil health practices like no-till and cover crops work under local soil and climate conditions.

Cotton & Covers

Cotton & Covers follows the soil health journey of three coastal plain cotton producers as they shared their stories and experiences to improve the health and productivity of their farms. The five soil health management principles of reducing disturbance, armoring the soil, keeping living roots in soil, increasing plant diversity, and incorporating livestock were discussed.

Webinars

The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton webinar series covers topics such as soil health basics, linking soil biology to soil health, soil health planning principles, ecological pest and nutrient management, cover crop management, and planning a soil health management system.

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Funders

Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton is supported through the generosity of the Wrangler® brand, the VF Corporation Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation.


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