By Tate Wrubleski, Multimedia Communications Specialist, Communications Branch
This year, World Soil Day is recognized on December 5. The day serves as an opportunity to focus our attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of our soil resources. For Duane Thompson of Tee Two Land and Cattle Co., soil health will continue to be a major focus of his operation. Together with his family, Duane manages a mixed operation farm of commercial beef and grain in the Parkland region, just south of Kelliher.
Tee Two Land and Cattle Co. run a complex but sustainable 15-year crop rotation of annual crops and forages. This rotation, in combination with high density grazing and minimal till practices, has led to soil on their land being tested with organic matter as high as 7.5 per cent. Tee Two Land and Cattle Co.'s management practices have allowed them to produce a high quality grain product without a heavy reliance on fertilizer and other inputs.
The integrated system this family has established requires long-term planning, management and time. Healthy soil does not happen overnight and Duane knows that with the dedication and help of his family, he can continue to incorporate more regenerative practices and ensure a sustainable future. As Duane said, "As much as we might love our crop or our cows, we must have healthy dirt first. The dirt is the basis of our livelihood."
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For more information on World Soil Day, visit the United Nations webpage.