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Farmers encouraged to "Keep the Stubble" during No-Till November

Oregon News Release: 2020-11-005                                                                                        

Contact: Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist
Tracy.Robillard@usda.gov
Phone: 503-414-3220

Farmers encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” during No-Till November

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PORTLAND, Oregon – (Nov. 5, 2019) – This month the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November.

First launched in 2017 by NRCS Iowa, the No-Till November campaign is mirrored after the national cancer awareness No Shave November movement 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. In the past two years, the campaign has reached more than 1 million people.

“No-till farming is a cornerstone soil health conservation practice, which also promotes water quality while saving farmers time and money,” said Cory Owens, state soil scientist for NRCS Oregon. “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 in Oregon, including success stories from Oregon farmers who are keeping the stubble, visit the NRCS Oregon Soil Health webpage.

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