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Farmers Encouraged to ‘Keep the Stubble’ During No-Till November

The early morning sun beams on a field in Grafton County, New Hampshire as geese stream across the sky. In the foreground, a field sits with cover crops coming up between the stubble of harvested corn. An overlay reads

DOVER, New Hampshire, November 1, 2020 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging New Hampshire farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November.

First launched in 2017, the NRCS project is mirrored after the national cancer awareness No Shave November campaign that encourages people not to shave during the entire month. The NRCS campaign encourages farmers to keep tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall and keep the crop stubble on their fields. The campaign has reached more than 1.5 million people through Twitter and local media since 2017.

“No-till farming is a cornerstone soil health conservation practice, which also promotes water quality while saving farmers time and money,” said Becky Ross, state conservationist for NRCS in New Hampshire. “One of the first soil health principles is ‘do not disturb’. This campaign is a fun way to remind farmers about the important relationship between tillage and soil health.”

Improving soil health increases soil biological activity, which provides erosion control, nutrient benefits, and can simulate tillage.

For more information about soil health and no-till, please go to our state soil health page.

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