The Natural Resources Conservation Service – originally called the Soil
Erosion Service – was established to help farmers and ranchers protect our
Nation’s soil resources after decades of destructive agricultural practices.
And we’ve never lost sight of our core purpose. In the coming weeks and months,
we’re getting back to our roots, focusing even more attention on soil health and
educating our customers and the public about the positive impact Soil Health
Management Systems can have on productivity and conservation. Please stay
tuned as we provide more information for you in the near future.
Rainfall Simulator Shows Importance of Soil Health
The South Dakota
Rainfall Simulator provides a "seeing is
believing" demonstration of how
practices such as no-till farming, cover
crops, and prescribed grazing benefit
soil health and improve the water cycle
on cropland and rangeland across the
state. No-till cropland and
rangeland managed with prescribed
grazing increase infiltration and reduce
runoff and sedimentation. This
demonstration includes discussion of
topics such as infiltration, aggregate
stability, soil structure, and the
relationship of these properties to
runoff, erosion, and water quantity.
You may view the rainfall simulator in
action by clicking on the link below.