‘We really wanted to get cattle integrated into our cropland and put more into the soil [so that it] will give back to us.’ See how these forward-thinking, South Dakota farmers started experiencing the benefits of soil health through a change in their approach to grazing. USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender.
‘If I was still farming like a lot of my neighbors I’d be as bored as they are.’ See how one family farm in Castlewood, South Dakota has shaken things up in this exclusive promo of our upcoming six-part series that explores all things soil health!
Goats may seem like quite an odd choice for livestock. One South Dakota producer has found them to be the perfect soil health companions. Why? Hear what this producer has to say in his own words!
Producer Jesse Hall spent several years at SDSU working alongside researchers exploring soil health. Hear how one particular study opened his eyes about the benefits of livestock integration and why he decided to incorporate them in his operation.
‘Sidewall compaction’ is a term many may be unfamiliar with, but it can have dire effects on a producer’s yield. Sidewall compaction is the result of poor soil structure. It happens when planting occurs in wet, degraded soils that have often been subjected to tillage. This compaction prevents the roots from growing outward and the…
‘No-tilling beans into rye, you can’t believe the difference between that and going into straight corn stubble.’
One of the first principles of soil health is to minimize disturbance. But why? One of the biggest reasons: soil structure! Hear how improved soil structure has helped producer Jesse Hall take his operation to the next level
Soil health: Mother Nature’s way of growing healthy crops! ‘Since about 1988 we look back at the soil tests and we’ve just about doubled the organic matter level.’ Special thanks to Practical Farmers of Iowa for contributing footage and Jack Boyer and Fred Abels for lending their fields!
Even if a farmer does everything right, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate. When we farm conventionally, these extreme weather conditions can often lead to a complete crop failure. But when we incorporate soil health principles, we start to conserve available nutrients and water and protect our soils against erosion. All of this leads to a…