How can a producer make their farm more resilient and less vulnerable to both economic and climatic stresses? Focus on the health of the soil, says Ray Archuleta, a conservation agronomist with USDA-NRCS in North Carolina (and also known as the “The Soil Guy.”)
Archuleta spoke about the “journey to soil health” during his keynote presentation at the recent SoilSmart Conference in Waterloo.
“One of the most important parts is changing the way you think. It’s like a map. If you have the wrong map, it doesn’t matter how intelligent or how smart you are, you’ll get to the wrong destination. If you have the right premise and the right journey, you’ll be able to get your soil healthy and you’ll get your farm to reduce its inputs and make more money,” he explains in the video below.
Archuleta enourages producers to become committed students, willing to change the way they farm. He notes the payoffs of improved soil health also take time, so patience is required to realize the benefits. Check out his conversation with Bernard Tobin at SoilSmart: