The Progressive Farmer: Underground Movement – 1

“It’s not hard to find a soil-health or cover-crop field day. Someone usually has a spade showing off earthworms and their tunnel work. There’s generally a 6-foot-deep pit to look at the root systems, filtration and soil compaction.

What’s missing, though, is data about whether cover crops and other soil-health practices actually pay. The science of penciling out the economics of such practices is still in the early stages. However, groups are working to document what soil health means to a farmer’s bottom line.”

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Iowa Farmer Today: Corn growers urged to improve soil health

“Soil quality is a hot topic in crop production circles these days, with farmers digging more vigorously into the dirt beneath their feet to find answers about what kind of shape it’s in.

That’s why the South Dakota Corn Growers chose to devote a couple hours of the organization’s annual meeting, held recently at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, to a discussion of soil health.

The session featured three experts on soil health who shared their perspectives about what producers can do to improve the bottom line while acting as good stewards of the land.

Wayne Honeycutt, president and CEO of the Soil Health Institute, made a connection with the audience in a down-to-earth presentation that focused on basic concerns of growers.

Honeycutt said better soil health improves crop performance, giving farmers a “fighting chance” to produce the ever-increasing amount of food needed by an increasing world population; increases producers’ ability to handle extreme weather events, from drought to excessive rainfall; and helps keep a rising tide of unwanted governmental regulations at bay.”

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Soil Health: Critical for Farmers, the Environment and Global Food Security

“Spanning across southern Minnesota from the South Dakota border in the west to the Wisconsin border in the east, Minnesota’s First Congressional District is home to some of the most productive agricultural land in America. Here you’ll find fertile soil, rich with nutrients that support the growth of a wide variety of crops.

In my district, like many others throughout the United States, farmers are the backbone of our economy. There are no better stewards of the land than those who depend on it for their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their families. As policymakers and those interested in both economic growth and environmental conservation, (while meeting the needs of a growing population) we need to ensure that the sound policies are in place to help support farmers and others working hard to be good stewards of the land. And good stewardship starts with healthy soil.”

– Congressman Tim Walz, MN


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