WHY SOIL HEALTH?

Lindsay Mitchell

May, 22, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

This year, 35 more farms will join a revolutionary research effort that will show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitably.

This is the largest farmer-led soil health research project of its kind, said Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership director.

The organization soon begins its fourth year identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve sustainability through soil health. These practices include:

  • Growing cover crops to improve water infiltration, prevent erosion and prevent nutrient losses,
  • Implementing conservation tillage like no-till or strip-till improve aggregate stability and soil structure, and
  • Using advanced, science-based nutrient management techniques to reduce nutrient loss to air and water.