Soil Health

This topic is dedicated to providing information about how various cover crop species and varieties improve soil biology and soil health to help growers meet their production and environmental goals. Explanations of soil health processes, terminology and trends will also be shared here to provide a greater understanding of the link between cover crops and improved soil biology.


How Healthy is Your Soil?

In the last decade or so, there has been an overwhelming interest in soil health amongst many progressive farmers, agricultural businesses and agricultural enthusiasts. Farmers have intuitively understood the importance of soil health for generations and recent efforts have focused on how to better measure and quantify soil health. Read more in this article from the News Journal.
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[Video] Reducing Nitrates with Cover Crops

In this video from the University of Minnesota, researcher Jeff Vetsch talks about how cereal rye reduced nitrate loss by 70%, how a tile drainage system also influences nitrate losses, the challenges of cover crop establishment, and more.
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Cover Crops & Manure

What should your cover crop accomplish if you are applying fall manure? First, a live plant that survives the winter and absorbs nitrogen, phosphorus, and reduces soil erosion. Read more in this article from Ohio's Country Journal.
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Water Quality & Cover Crops

Cover crops can directly impact water quality. With all the attention being given to improving water quality and reducing nutrient loads going into Ohio’s waterways, farmers are encouraged to consider a multifaceted approach of best management practices (BMP’s) that include the use of cover crops. Read more in this article from Ohio's Country Journal.
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[Video] Long-Term Cover Crop Impacts on Soil Health & Tomatoes

Jessica Awrey, a student at the University of Guelph, shares insights learned from research into cover crops in grain and vegetable crop rotations. During the research, covers such as cereal rye, radish, and oats were included and terminated with glyphosate. Awrey's research looked specifically at tomatoes grown as a vegetable crop as part of this rotation - with some interesting findings.
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[Video] Soil Health & Profitability from Covers

Laura Van Erd from the University of Guelph discusses insights from her research on an 8 year cover crop rotation, including ways to incentivize cover crop adoption, how using cover crops resulted in higher soil carbon levels, which cover crop species resulted in lower soil carbon levels, and more.
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