Farm Journal Series: Soil Health

Farm Journal Soil Health Series ( Farm Journal Media )

What Makes Healthy Soil?

Take the first step toward more stress- and drought-resistant soils by adopting the Systems Approach to soil management

 

Give Your Soil a Physical Exam

New tools and tests provide benchmarks to measure progress as you improve the health of your soil

 

On the Mend

Steps to determine what ails your soil and nurse it back to good health

 

Soil, Air and Water Unite

The ideal ratio helps plants and beneficial soil microbes thrive, for higher, more consistent yields

 

Your Living Soil

Manage soil microorganisms to pave the way to healthier soil and higher yields

 

A Tale of Two Soils

On-farm tests help restore healthy soil characteristics

 

Cover Crops Poised for Takeoff

Although they complicate management, cover crops can increase diversity and improve soil health in various ways

 

Give Soil A Physical

Simple tools can measure soil health in the field

 

A Deeper Understanding

New laboratory testing procedures lay the groundwork for improving soil health

 

Manage Covers Like Cash Crops

Start planning now to lay the foundation for cover crop success

 

Help Your Soil Supply More Water

You can have healthier soil that holds more water by following a three-step approach

 

Boost Nutrient-Supplying Power

Microorganisms allow soil to store and release more nutrients, reducing fertilizer expense

 

Simple Steps to Improve Your Soil

Shoot the slow rabbits first with vertical tillage and lime applications

 

What Soil Health Tests Really Tell You

Despite challenges with consistency and repeatability, soil health testing is worthwhile

 

Don't Let Herbicides Burn Your Cover

Timely tips to help you succeed with cover crops

 

Don't Let Covers Ding a Cash Crop

Manage the carbon penalty, allelopathy and disease to improve soil health and yield

 

Study Documents Benefits of Covers

Three mixtures boost soil health by increasing water infiltration and available nutrients

 

Nurture Sick Soil Back to Health

After five years, degraded soil shows signs of improvement

 

Real-World Soil Health Builders

How four farmers found the right cover crop to fix their soil’s problems

 

It Doesn't Take Much to Ruin No-Till

Study finds a single horizontal tillage pass significantly reduced water infiltration

 

Cover Crops Produce Results

Measurable improvements in soil health are showing up in side-by-side trials

 

Restoring Soil Health Takes Time

After rapid gains from vertical tillage, pH and fertility, the improvement pace slows down

 

You Can Build Organic Matter

But how much appears to depend on soil type, weather and management practices

 

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