Tilling Actually Bad For Soil, Farming
The National Resources Conservation Service held a soil health workshop this morning in Jerome.
The NRCS brought in a national soil agronomist named Ray Archuleta to talk about new soil technologies.
The demonstrations during the workshop showed tilled soil does not absorb water in the same way and is easily affected by wind.
Archuleta says tilling actually takes away from the health of soil for farmers.
"We need to understand the most destructive thing you can do to the soil's ecosystem is to till it. It's like burning your house down."
His studies are showing reduced tilling makes soil healthier and increases crop yields and profits.
For more information, contact Steve Schuyler at (208) 733-5380.