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Soil Health with Ray Archuleta

posted May 20, 2014, 9:01 AM by GSRC&D Administrator

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Sandstone Ranch, 401 Dewey Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54482

1:00 p.m. Bob and Tammy Brandt farm, 1108 Ancestor Lane, Mosinee WI 54455


Soil Health with Ray Archuleta

I was tired, weak, and thirsty. Every grocery store shelf only had cookies and doughnuts. All the fruits, vegetables and meats are gone. No store employees available to assist me! I can live on cookies but I was so sick of eating them. My body no longer wanted sugars and lard anymore. It craved a thick steak, a baked potato, asparagus and an imperial stout. Complete food had given me the strength to provide for my family. What happened? I am a root looking for nutrients and water. Healthy plants need healthy soils. Soil is more than a medium to physically support plants. A healthy soil has a balance of nutrients (plant fuel) and an intricate biological network that works to move the “fuel” for plant life. Ray will help you decide if your “Soil Engine” has the fuel to fire on all 8 cylinders.


Two locations on different soils.


Ray Archuleta is a Conservation Agronomist at the NRCS East National Technology Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ray teaches soil health and the principles of agroecology throughout the country. He has 25 years of experience with the Natural Resources Conservation Service working in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and now in North Carolina and has held the following positions: Soil Conservation Technician, Soil Conservationist, Nutrient/Irrigation Specialist, Water Quality Project Manager, District Conservationist, and Area Agronomist. He is also a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America. Ray worked for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist in the Peace Corps. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Biology. His infectious enthusiasm for soil health has earned him the moniker, Ray the Soils Guy.

9:00 a.m. ~ The Sandstone Ranch, 401 Dewey Drive, Stevens Point. The soils are formed sandy residuum. Rotational grazing along with bale grazing through the winter has improved soil biology and pasture yields. Ray will compare soil pits from rotationally grazed pastures and a corn/hay rotation.


From Mosinee: I39 south to County Road DB. Turn left (east) on County Road DB, go 2 miles to County Road X. Turn right (south) on County Road X, go 5 miles to Dewey Drive. Turn left (east) on Dewey Drive for ½ mile. Site is on the right. Watch for signs.


11:30 a.m. ~ Bring your own lunch.


1:00 p.m. ~ Robert & Tammy Brandt Farm, 1108 Ancestor Lane, Mosinee The soils are formed silty drift over loamy till.  The Brandts have been rotationally grazing for many years. One year of corn is used to preempt complete renovations to hayland or pastures. Ray will discuss the soil benefits of their management.

From Mosinee: Take State Highway 153 west to County Road S. Turn south (left) on County Road S, go 4 miles to County Road C. Turn (right) west on County Road C for 2 miles. Turn south (left) on Ancestor Lane. Take Ancestor Lane for ½ mile, farm is on the left.