Noble Learning: Healthy Soil Aids Drought, Flood Management

By Jim Johnson / Senior Agricultural Consultant, Noble Research Institute

You may think the common thread between drought and flood is water or living in Texas. While these may be true, another shared factor is soil.

Droughts and floods are often caused by the soil’s inability to effectively absorb and release water. Why are soils ineffective at absorbing and releasing water? There are many reasons, such as limited soil depth, low porosity, soil crusts and low organic matter. Notice I did not mention soil texture. This is because healthy soils, whether they are sand or clay or anything in between, absorb and release water for plant growth. The key word being “healthy.”

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