Soil Health

How to Combat Compaction in a Soggy Season

Soil compaction happens to everyone and wet weather makes it worse. Here’s what you need to do to get ahead of compaction problems — or correct it once you’ve got it.
The 12 months between July 2018 and June 2019 saw record precipitation in the U.S., with an average of 37.86 inches, which is 7.9 inches above normal. With such brutal conditions to contend with, soil compaction has been a concern for many farmers this year.
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Lessons from the Field: How Growers Profit from Regenerative Soils

Increasing plant diversity, adding livestock and following a simple soil-testing program can significantly add to the bottom line, growers say.
In the not-so-distant future, the key to building a resilient and profitable farm operation may require farmers to see their system as a pyramid that that uses biological tools to build and manage healthy, productive soils and produce nutrient dense food.
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Understanding the Limits of Soil Health Tests

A study of three commercial soil health tests looked at whether they could distinguish different management systems and provide useful insights to no-tillers.
Several years ago, the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI), a program focused on improving soil health in Indiana, began receiving questions from farmers about soil health tests.
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