“If you can put deep roots and medium level roots and shallow roots in the ground all at one time and really feed the below ground community, they'll start to recycle. Then everything will start to recycle and you'll benefit from the system…” — Jill Clapperton, principal scientist, Rhizoterra
Showing growers how to benefit from the amazing critters living beneath the soil surface, Jill Clapperton says no-till not only improves soil structure and stops erosion but also is having a far-reaching impact on consumer food preferences and human health. An internationally known soil health specialist and rhizosphere ecologist, Clapperton analyzes the relationships between organisms and their environments to more effectively manage and benefit from the long-term biological fertility of our soils.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers and Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer Editor Frank Lessiter talks with Clapperton about the importance of no-till in building healthy soil structure. Tune in as they discuss what happens to soil biology when switching from conventional tillage to no-till, how long it takes to see the benefits of switching, the link between plant diversity and soil structure, why sulfur is important for developing plant nutrients, the importance of the top 2 inches of soil and much more.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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Intro Music: Glenn Campagna - Folk Love
Interlude Music: Willow - Walk Into Forever
Digging Into the Principles of Regenerative Ag
Based on the principles of building healthy soil, regenerative ag aims to not only sustain farm productivity but to actually work with nature to regenerate the soil, increase biodiversity and enhance the farming ecosystem.