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It’s been said, ‘You can’t manage what you can’t measure.’ For strip-tillers, getting an accurate read on soil health is key to prescribing the right remedy for nutrient-deficient areas.

Building a thriving, well-rounded ecological environment starts with establishing a baseline measurement to build on. Dr. Kristen Veum, research soil scientist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Columbia, Mo., has studied assessment of soil quality in agro-ecosystems, development and refinement of soil quality indicators and application of sensor technology for soil quality assessment.

On a national level, she is collaborating with the new Soil Health Institute, the NRCS Soil Health Division and other ARS scientists on measurements and standards for a nationwide soil health assessment.

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Kristen shares ongoing research and initiatives to include ways to enhance soil microbiology and a forecast on future opportunities and obstacles to increasing soil health in conservation tillage systems.

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