Soil Health - 1
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Wed Feb 18, 2015 03:36 PM CST

There's a good reason the U.N General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. It is agriculture's fundamental resource.

Over the next few days, I'll be writing about soil health and how to assess it in a series of stories. It's a complicated, but critical issue.

As farmers we adopt practices such as conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops and crop rotation in attempts to limit and restore what we take from this precious resource. We utilize animal manures and put back additives such as gypsum and biologicals (humates, enzymes, and organisms) in an effort to promote good health. Yet, ...

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