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Thursday, July 30, 2020
Infiltration Test Clearly Shows Benefits of Good Soil Health Management

Most people have heard the old cliché, “The root of the problem.”
However, an infiltration test being conducted by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is using color dyed water to focus in part on the root of the solution – how water follows old root paths and other channels.

“We know that when soils heal, they build preferential flow paths that move large volumes of water deeply into the soil in a short time,” said Greg Scott, OCC Soil Scientist. “The ability of a soil to move water rapidly into the subsoil saves that water from being at risk for evaporation from sun, wind, and heat.”

With few exceptions, producers often view rain as a gift. Conservation practices strive to make sure that gift is not wasted. These particular fields in Dewey County in western Oklahoma have been in a soil health management system for several years. One of those fields had just been planted to double-crop corn, the other was planted to soybeans.
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