Soil Health

Conservation Tillage and Soil Health

“Conservation Tillage and Soil Health” provides a short, animated outline of the basic principles of conservation tillage. The third episode of SARE’s “What is Sustainable Agriculture?” animation series illustrates how many producers are retiring conventional tillage equipment and turning to conservation tillage to improve soil health and productivity.

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Soil Health Assessment

This video series produced by University of Illinois Extension demonstrates three creative ways to assess the soil health of your farm.

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SARE Interactive Exploration of Soil Health

More and more, producers are understanding that healthy soils are more productive and lead to healthier crops. Dig into this interactive infographic to learn more about sustainable production practices that can help build healthy soil. Explore the on-farm benefits of using cover crops, crop rotation, manure amendments, composting and more on the complex web of life below the surface of the soil.

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NRCS Soil Health Fact Sheets

NRCS Soil Health Fact Sheets provide information on soil health for all growers – from the general basics to the specific details.

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NRCS Soil Health

Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes.

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MCCC Cover Crop Decision Tool

The Cover Crop Decision Tools are an initiative by the MCCC to consolidate cover crop information by state to help farmers make cover crop selections at the county level. The information and ratings contained in the Cover Crop Decision Tool is the team consensus based on literature, research results, on-farm experience and practical knowledge.

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