Hale County grower hosts Midwest, Northern growers, highlights soil health

Olson showed the participants, who grow everything from malt barely to flax to dry beans, both his irrigated and dryland cotton and discussed the difference new genetics and new farming practices are making in adverse conditions.

With limited groundwater, Hale County grower Steve Olson says he has found that healthier soil produces better crops. Olson discussed his farming practices with Midwest and Northern producers who were touring the Texas High Plains through the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP) in November.

On his farm, southeast of Plainview, Olson showed the participants, who grow everything from malt barely to flax to dry beans, both his irrigated and dryland cotton and discussed the difference new genetics and new farming practices are making in adverse conditions. To hear more from Olson, watch the video above.

Following his farm tour, Olson and his wife Cindy, hosted the MCEP growers in their home for lunch. While waiting on their Texas-grilled steaks, the visiting farmers also heard presentations by Eric Best, territory agronomist with Monsanto and Rick Kellison, project director with the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation.

“The objective of the MCEP program is to help different commodity groups and their leadership to understand the challenges that they face in their home areas,” says John Gibson, NCC director for member services. “We hope that over time, through their experience and this exchange that we have, that when they come together in discussions about policies and regulations and how they are all impacted by that, they’ll have a better understanding when they hear from their peers in different regions.”

Also, see National Cotton Council introduces Northern, Midwest growers to High Plains agriculture. http://bit.ly/2Bj0J6E

 

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