Profiles in Soil Health
In these short video profiles you can hear directly from some of the nation’s leading farmers to find out how they’re using soil health management systems to make their farms more profitable, productive and sustainable.
*The views and opinions expressed in these videos are those of the individuals featured therein and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of any agency of the U.S. Government.
Dan DeSutter is focusing on the long-term, but says he’s already seeing improved yields and better water infiltration on his farm thanks to his soil health management system. Watch video.
Mike Starkey says you have to be a good manager to make soil health management systems work. Producers should gradually “grow into it,” Mike says, and they should be open minded and willing to learn from their peers. Mike has done all of that, and it’s paying dividends on his farm. Watch video.
Through the use of no-till and cover crops, Darryl Crowley says his land now absorbs more water, which helps his crops. And he has all but eliminated wind and water erosion. Now, when he sees dust blowing off of other farms, he doesn’t just see the loss of topsoil – he sees the loss of someone’s future. Watch video.
Anytime he sees a fallow field, Mike Zook says it reminds him of a dead environment – with nothing living there. As a result, fallow fields are not an option for Mike. He says they shouldn’t be an option for anyone. See video.
Leon Moses has seen a 35-45 percent return on his soil health investment. By using no-till and cover crops, he’s also saving time, his equipment and he’s creating a more sustainable condition for the farm. See video.
Thanks to his focus on soil health, Jack Maloney says his yields have increased on his “Little Ireland Farms” every year for the past 10 years. “It hasn’t been easy,” he says, “but with the right attitude, you can make it work.” See video.
Voices of Soil Health: Hear from some of America's farmers who are unlocking the secrets of the soil. See video.