Tag: SubSoiling

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Plow and Tractor for Desert Grassland Keyline Subsoiling

What plow and tractor combination is most cost effective for restoring desert grassland with Keyline water practices? We call our method of desert grassland restoration Drought Busters. It combines: (1) subsoil plowing, (2) water harvesting from eroding gullies and roadbeds, (3) animal impact from holistic planned grazing of cattle, and (4) animal impact from a

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Desert Aerators in Mexico

Where brush has grown into small trees, crushing the growth is a plausible alternative to poison. Aerators can sometimes work where grades or topography make subsoil plowing impractical. Once plants are thinned, aerators might be followed by subsoiling. Smaller is better. Use of contours is essential. Applications must vary since no two properties are the same.

Dirt First

Agricultural practices are generally viewed as different from wildlife and habitat practices, whereas both should rest on the long-term objective of increasing soil fertility. The practices described below are similar to ours at Circle Ranch, as the photos illustrate. NOTE: This article was originally published by TheFern.org on April 21, 2016 A renegade soil scientist

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Book Review: Man, Cattle and Veld by Johann Zietsman

Man, Cattle and Veld by Johann Zeitsman records the journey of one of South Africa’s foremost cattleman from a practitioner of the disastrous range management methods of American and African universities to a practitioner of Allan Savory’s range management principles and, eventually, a pioneer of mob grazing. The book is divided into three parts, which

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts” is an inspirational short film that discusses regenerative agricultural practices on a Georgia farm. This dying farm was regenerated using multi-species grazing in which all the animals were moved according to a plan that got them to the right place…at the right time… doing the right

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Circle Ranch Open Gate Day, August 26, 2016

On August 26, 2016, Holistic Management International (HMI) held an Open Gate educational day at Circle Ranch in far-West Texas. We demonstrated desert grassland restoration using ‘Plug and Spread’ water harvesting from eroded gullies, and Keyline contour plowing.   Circle Ranch Open Gate, August 26, 2016 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

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Creosote, Cows & Keyline

Creosote, Cows & Keyline is a 5-minute video which discusses a quick, cheap method to restore desertified desert grasslands. It was filmed in the high-mountain deserts of far-West Texas.   Creosote, Cows and Keyline from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

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Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil

Holistic farming concepts are completely portable to rangeland management.  The goal of all ranch managers should be the increase of soil fertility.  From this, all else will follow. Article originally posted to NYTimes.com on March 9, 2015 FORT WORTH — Gabe Brown is in such demand as a speaker that for every invitation he accepts,

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A Secret Weapon to Fight Climate Change: Dirt

We don’t need to agree whether there is climate change, or whether people are to blame for it, to know this: People are responsible for grassland decline. Grasslands are the planet’s largest terrestrial carbon sump.  Fixing grasslands will remove atmospheric carbon.  Healing grasslands with holistic practices is common sense. NOTE: this post originally appeared on

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Animal Impact Made Easy #1

Join a  a “pasture walk” at Circle Ranch in far-West Texas to observe how we use cattle to restore grasslands in our high-desert mountains. Animal Impact Made Easy #1 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.