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Playa Country Radio

Playa Country is a weekly radio show that discusses the wildlife, wetlands, and prairies of the western Great Plains, and the people who mange them. The upcoming series will be discussing soil health and cover crops.

No-till and Cover Cropping Help Retain Moisture in Sandy Soil - September 21

Many producers have converted to no-till, and now progressive farmers are learning to cover crop to keep soil covered after harvesting a cash crop. Ryan Speer is such a producer. He farms in central Kansas along the Arkansas River south of Halstead. He grows corn, soybeans, wheat and milo, in sandy soil poor at retaining moisture. Ryan started cover-cropping in 2007. By improving the biological material in his soil, more moisture is being stored from precipitation events.

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Improving Water Filtration through No-till and Cover Crops - September 14

Scott Gonnerman started no-till practices in 2005 and began cover-cropping his east Nebraska fields in 2009. He says he used to think of the soil simply as dirt. But he's seen with his own eyes how infiltration has improved in step with a healthier ecosystem immediately below the soil surface.

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Preventing Another Dust Bowl with Healthy Soil Practices - September 7

No event did more to emphasize the severity of the erosion crisis than the Dust Bowl, affecting High Plains states beginning in the early-1930s. Maintaining healthy soils is one way to prevent a similar disaster. We consider modern practices that build healthy soil.

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Playa Country is sponsored by Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Westar Energy, and NRCS.