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IDEAS & ADVICE

SOIL HEALTH BASICS

Only in recent years have researchers and progressive producers begun to take a close look at the biology in the soil. They now believe that biology--the life in the soil--is the key to building healthy soils that are key to long-lasting productivity. Healthy soils have better soil structure, ability to hold water, high organic matter levels, and more.

 

Learn more about the basics of soil health and how to achieve healthy soils by reading through these excellent 2-page fact sheets developed by the USDA/NRCS.

Five Questions Landowners Should Ask their Farmers about Soil Health

Healthy Soils are: Full of Life

Healthy Soils are: High in Organic Matter

Healthy Soils are: Well Structured

Healthy Soils are: Covered All the Time

Principles for High-Functioning Soils

Healthy, Productive Soils: Checklist for Growers

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil: Basics and Benefits