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    Luz Ballesteros - NCAT's Southwest Office

    Hi all, My name is Luz Ballesteros, and I am a Sustainable Ag Specialist with NCAT in our Southwest Region office in San Antonio. For the past 4 years I been working with soil laboratory analysis of carbon🧪🌻 as part of my graduate degree. I have a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with...
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    Dry Farming - Less water? No problem.

    As I was browsing the internet💻 I came across Dry Farming Resources. The basic idea being utilizing water stored throughout the soil profile in partnership with other practices to utilize low to no water additions. Thoughts?
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    DROUGHT RESILIENCE NETWORK: Tall Tale Competition!

    Fiction category: It's so dry and hot here the corn 🌽 is turning into pop-corn 🍿!!!
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    Five crops for a hotter, drier world

    Oh wow! here in South Texas we also have pigweed growing everywhere as weeds. Soil is mostly sandy clay loam and the pH is also between 8 to 9. My dog loves to eat the pigweed and I recently tried it as a warm salad with some beat tops, it's pretty good! @Darron Gaus how do you pop amaranth...
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    Soil Health Testing

    Hi Justin! Thank you for sharing that video. I think Dr. Haney does a great job at explaining how complex and variable soil testing can be and the difference between Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and Soil Organic Matter (SOM). Which brings me to what I call " The SOM crash". In recent work I...
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    Tree Range Chickens !?

    Story Time! Last week a random chicken🐔 (well... we think it's a chicken) started living in my in-laws front tree and she is very happy and living her best life up there. I shared this with my colleagues from the University of Texas Rio Grandy Valley and they mentioned tree range chickens. I...
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    "Beef is good despite calls to the contrary" - Nicole Niman

    Hi Linda! Thanks for sharing. I can totally relate with this article since I was vegetarian for almost six years mostly for environmental reasons. Now I'm a happy flexitarian, for a variety of reasons including health and culture. I think a good podcast episode that highlights some of the...
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    Heat stress on cattle

    I am not a rancher or have been but I came across this article: Days of intense heat have killed thousands of cattle in Kansas , and couldn't help but think about ranching with temperature increasing exponentially. What are some proactive methods ranchers can implement to become more resilient...
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