Crops need soils with organic matter, as a UGA soil specialist reminds us.
Healthy soils are fundamental to growing crops sustainably. The key to heathy soils is organic matter because organic matter is so important for microorganisms and the other soil creatures. Most of our agricultural soil have very low soil organic matter from years of farming. It can be a challenge to increase organic matter in South Georgia with its sandy soils and hot, humid climate, but it can be done. Come learn basic principles of soil management and strategies for you to improve your soil health.
Julia Gaskin is the Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA. She is a soil scientist with over 20 years experience in soil management, soil health and using cover crops.
Come hear Julia at South Georgia Growing Local 2015, January 24th 2015, Pine Grove Middle School, near Valdosta, in Lowndes County Georgia.