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Soil Health

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.

As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time.

By focusing more attention on soil health and by educating our customers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation, we can help our Nation’s farmers and ranchers feed the world more profitably and sustainably – now and for generations to come.

The resources on this soil health section of our site are designed to help visitors understand the basics and benefits of soil health – and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.

So whether you’re a farmer, a researcher, a conservationist or an interested citizen, the information on this site will help you “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.”

 

Healthy Soil Info-Graphics

Believe it or not, there are a lot of interesting facts about healthy soil. These entertaining and informative graphics provide a glimpse of just some of those secrets. Please download the files, share them on your web site or in your newsletters – and help “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.”

Soil Health Info Graphic

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Experts talk soil health—Newsletter articles

 

#1: Discover the cover: Farmers realize benefits, challenges of soil-improving cover crops
#2: When it comes to water, cover crops give more than they take, expert says
#3: No-till, cover crops go hand-in-hand to build healthy soils, expert says
#4: For maximum benefit, mix it up, cover crop expert recommends
#5: Many considerations ‘in the mix’ when choosing cover crops, expert says
#6: Different cover crops yield different benefits, expert says
#7: Expert: Cover crops key in preventing yield losses when converting to no-till
#8: Fence rows provide insights into restoring healthy soils, expert says
#9: ‘Home-grown innovation’ needed for wide-spread cover crop use, expert says
#10: Radishes offer advantages in cover crop mix, expert says
#11: Expert urges farmers to ask—and answer—five questions before cover cropping

 

 

Soil Health Contact:

John E. Graham, Soil Health Specialist

771 Corporate Drive

Suite 210

Lexington, Ky. 40503-5479

Phone: 859-224-7438

Email: john.graham@ky.usda.gov