Soil Health

Soil health is critically linked to issues such as nutrient losses to surface water, climate change, erosion, and ultimately farm profitability. Moreover, the benefits of healthy soil are key in mitigating  extreme wet and drought events. Activities and resources associated with this priority issue support all aspects of soil health that lead to the concurrent achievement of agricultural productivity and water quality goals.

Initiatives

Regional Soil Health Capacity Building

Manure and Soil Health: Understanding and Advancing the Science

Soil Health Nexus

Webinars

The Current Webinar #4: Soil Health: What Do We Know, What Can We Do?

The Current Webinar #9: Application of Cover Crops in the Midwestern U.S.

The Current Webinar #16: Innovations in Manure Management

The Current Webinar #17: Developing a Land-grant Institution Soil Health Network in the North Central Region

The Current Webinar #30: Cover Crops for Health Soils, Water Quality, and Water Availability

The Current Webinar #34: Manure, Water, and Soil Health

Regional Publications

Saline and Sodic Soils:NDSU

Groundwater and Its Effect on Crop Production

Soil Organic Matter and Its Benefits

Managing Saline Soils in ND

Evaluation of Soils for Suitability for Tile Drainage Performance

Frequently Asked Questions About Subsurface (Tile) Drainage

Drinking Water Quality – Testing and Interpreting Your Results (WQ1341, Revised)

Compatibility of North Dakota Soils for Irrigation

Irrigation_Water_Sample_Analysis_2013

Resources

NDSU Extension Soil Health

Langdon REC Soil Health

Conservation Professional Training Program

Soil Health Nexus Resources