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Health soils for healthy profits - Webinar 9/17/2020

September 23, 2020

A video transcript of the Healthy Soils Healthy Profits - How do we get to $2.50/lb cotton in the SJV? webinar that was held on September 17, 2020 is now available at You Tube at

More activities and information related to soil health in cotton production systems are now being planned.  Stay tuned!

Healthy Soils webinar September 17 2020 jpeg
Healthy Soils webinar September 17 2020 jpeg

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 10:35 AM

No-till and strip-till dairy silage production - one of the few annual cropping sectors in CA that addresses the important soil health principle of preserving residues

September 12, 2010

Dairy silage fields under no-till and strip-till are some of the only annual cropping systems in California that address the important soil health principle of generating and preserving surface residues.  While most annual crop fields are without residues due to intensive tillage practices that essentially make them disappear completely, no-till and strip-till silage farmers are achieving this key soil care practice that is otherwise ignored in most fields in the state.



Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 4:58 PM

Rewarding farmers for their practices - A dialogue between buyers and farmers slated for September 17, 2020

Getting ahead of marketplace demands – What farmers can do  -

August 31, 2020 

“Last fall, I participated in the National Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Indianapolis, IN,” says Jeff Mitchell, Cropping Systems Cooperative Extension Specialist with the University of California, Davis.

This was a very large gathering of over 650 people representing various sectors of the food system.

 One of the main messages in the keynote address of this meeting that was delivered by Patricia Stroup, Vice President of Nestle, - the largest buyer and seller of food in the world was that “if you want to sell your food to us, you'll meet our specifications.”  

A rather blunt warning to farmers about how they do things.

“And I don't know how far along it's gotten,” Mitchell adds, “but there are now apparently efforts under way in Europe mandating an increase in organic agriculture to 20%, along with a 50% reduction in pesticide use and 20% less fertilizer use by 2030.”

“I know a farmer though, who is quite fond of saying that he doesn't want to be told how he should farm.” 

He is quite literally way out ahead of these sorts of supply chain, or for that matter, government pressured that are now beginning to be seen.

It is not at all exaggerating to say that buyers are ‘beating a pathway to his farm' because they want to buy what he grows.

He is beyond being pressured.

The question of what farmers may start to do to be ahead of marketplace demands is what will be discussed in a public webinar that will be held on September 17th from 9 AM to noon. 

A $10 registration fee to offset meeting coordination expenses and to support the long-term research work in Five Points may be paid by registering early at 

Cotton growing following soil health management practices of reduced disturbance and surface residue preservation, Five Points, CA

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:59 AM

Healthy soils for healthy profits - How do we get to $2.50/lb cotton in the SJV? Webinar Introductory Video on You Tube -

August 16, 2020

Announcing the webinar, Healthy Soils for Healthy Profits - How do we get to $2.50/lb cotton in the SJV? slated for September 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Registration is now open at:

A short introductory video including interviews with presentingSJV farmers is available at

Sign up now!


Capture You Tube SJV Soil Health Video 2020
Capture You Tube SJV Soil Health Video 2020

Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 1:17 PM

Healthy soils for healthy profits - How do we get to $2.50/lb cotton in the SJV?

JM HealthySoils Sept17-St
JM HealthySoils Sept17-St

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 3:59 PM

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