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Dig A Little, Learn A Lot

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When you dig a little, you'll learn a lot about the health of your soil. The resources on this page are provided to help you understand the fundamentals of soil ecology and what you can do to build soil health on your farm or ranch. Coming soon is a video FAQ's section where you can learn directly from the farmers who are growing with Soil Health Management Systems.

By digging around a little on this site, you’re likely to learn a lot – and “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” as you do.

Soil Biology 

The creatures living in the soil are critical to soil health. They affect soil structure and therefore soil erosion and water availability. They can protect crops from pests and diseases. They are central to decomposition and nutrient cycling and therefore affect plant growth and amounts of pollutants in the environment. Finally, the soil is home to a large proportion of the world's genetic diversity.  

The Soil Food Web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Joseph Kraft, State Soil Scientist
One Credit Union Place, Suite 340
Harrisburg, PA 17110-2993
Phone (717) 237-2207
Fax (717) 237-2238