The Importance of Soil Health

The Importance of Soil Health

Soil is the bedrock of a good crop, whether it’s for an alfalfa field, rangeland grass, or your backyard garden. Researchers at New Mexico State University have issued a new publication titled Soil Health - Importance, Assessment, and Management that contains strategies for maintaining healthy soils. Soil health, the researchers explain, is the state of the soil being in sound physical, chemical, and biological condition, and having the capability to nourish plant growth. The publication identifies several management strategies that will improve soil health, including crop rotation, cover cropping, diversifying production, integrating livestock, reducing soil disturbance, and utilizing rotational grazing. Soil health management practices can help increase plant production, ensuring that farmers and ranchers stay in business.  The authors remind us that each region is unique and the specific soil health practices that will deliver optimal performance will differ from place to place.