Catching Rainwater with Cows, Soil Microbes, and Electric Fencing

Catching Rainwater with Cows, Soil Microbes, and Electric Fencing

Excerpt taken from The Dirt Southwest Newsletter


Now in its second year, NCAT’s Soil for Water initiative has already taught over 150 people, mostly landowners, how to build healthy soils that catch and hold more rainwater. In the late spring and summer our research team, led by students and faculty from Texas State University, set up monitoring sites and took baseline measurements at four large ranches that have agreed to participate in long-term ecological monitoring. This fall the project focused on the Blanco River Basin in central Texas, with a series of workshops that showed landowners how to set up multi-paddock grazing systems, identify upland and riparian plants, monitor pasture health, and use temporary electric fencing. Soil for Water is directed by Mike Morris and funded by the Dixon Water Foundation and the Meadows Foundation…

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