Healthy Soil Maximizes Moisture, Boosts Profits for Oregon Farmer
ONTARIO, Ore. – In the Treasure Valley—one of the nation’s top agricultural hubs nestled in Southeast Oregon and Southwest Idaho—an innovative farmer named Kenneth Jensen is making waves for soil health. Jensen combines reduced-till/no-till drilling with high-residue farming techniques to significantly improve the organic matter in his soil. The result is higher water infiltration, better crop yields, labor cost savings, less wear and tear on his equipment, and increased profits.
Pictured: The soil on Kenneth Jensen's farm is a perfect example of healthy, high-performing microbiology. It's full of tiny, round
"nodules" that indicate healthy nitrogen levels, plus there's
plenty of earthworms to help with water infiltration. NRCS photo by Aaron Roth.