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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.

Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system of conservation practices, including no-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, buffers and shelterbelt, drainage water management systems. This approach results in healthy soil that reduces erosion, requires less nutrient inputs, manages the effects of flood and drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment loading to streams and rivers.

South Dakota Soil Health Producer Profiles

Soil Health Lesson Plans (Lesson plans for teachers)

South Dakota State Soil - Houdek

Maps: Soil, Water, Wind Erosion; Land Use; etc.

Soil Data Resources


The following links take you to NRCS Soils web sites

National NRCS Soil Information website

Soil Health Assessment

Resources & Publications