Farmers implement a variety of practices to keep the soil on the field resulting in reduced runoff. Leaving undisturbed grassy strips throughout the field and along the side helps prevent topsoil from leaving the field.

 

Soil is a critical component to farmers growing healthy, abundant crops. Healthy soils provide nutrients that are essential to growing corn, soybeans, wheat and many other crops needed to feed the herd for the upcoming year. Farmers are continuously working to ensure that the soil stays on their field by implementing best management practices to reduce runoff, increase soil fertility and decreasing the number of times the soil is disturbed.

Farmers are the original stewards of the land and implement many management practices resulting in continued sustainability on the farm for generations to come. These practices might include:

·         Monitoring levels of nutrients in the soil

·         Using technological advancements to apply nutrients only when and where needed

Cover crops cover the soil helping to reduce runoff and helps to keep nutrients in place within the field.

·         Rotating crops to improve soil structure and reduce pests

·         Decreasing soil disturbance which reduces erosion

·         Planting cover crops to reduce runoff and erosion, and add organic matter

·         Monitoring potential standing water to ensure drainage is appropriate.

By taking care of the land they live on, farmers are ensuring that the soil will be around for generations to come. Check out our latest video found here that helps showcase and explain some of these practices. 

 

Louise Calderwood works for the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance. For more information about NEAFA, visit their website