A week ago I attended a Soil Health conference in Ames, IA. Through the sessions I attended, I was reminded again and again : any conversation about crop yield needs to focus on maximizing evapotranspiration. The more water that can pump through a plant = best possible yield, all other things being equal. Evapotranspiration (ET) is the process where rain infiltrates into the soil, plant roots take in soil water, and through the process of photosynthesis and plant growth – plants transpire water back to the atmosphere. Infiltration! Infiltration! Infiltration!
What are some of the ways you are farming that increases water infiltration? Are you intentionally wanting to do some practice management changes to enhance infiltration?
I encourage you to share with each other and ask / answer questions pertaining to practices that increase water infiltration into the soil , as well as water holding capacity once rain water is in.