When it comes to soil health, it can be easy to embrace an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Strip-tillers are accustomed to taking a systematic approach to consistently produce a high-quality crop.
But in some cases, looks can be deceiving and it’s important to understand how soil function is a catalyst for successful cover cropping, residue management and water infiltration.
Stephanie McLain, Indiana NRCS soil health specialist notes that farmers need to dig into the dirty details of their soil health and be proactive managers of soil function.
As she says, it’s easy to take soil function for granted, until you don’t have it anymore. You need to be asking questions up front about the performance of your soils and know why they do what they do for you.
In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, Stephanie explains how to analyze and activate soil function, utilizing different in-field assessment tools and indicators to promote organic stability and growth.
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