Farmer Scientists: Five Trials in Managing for Soil Health

Posted by Elizabeth Creech, USDA in Conservation Farming Research and Science
Feb 27, 2019

There’s a common piece of advice given to farmers interested in improving soil health – pick a field and start. This 23-minute video follows five South Carolina farmers as they do just that.

Working with Dr. Robin “Buz” Kloot, Research Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, each farmer seeks to quantify the potential benefits of conservation practices like no-till adoption and planting diverse cover crops.

Can building healthier soils lead to more stable yields while reducing input costs? Follow these farmer scientists on their three-year journey to answer this question and, in the process, many others.

This project was supported through a Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant. CIG projects support innovation to boost production and conserve natural resources on farms, ranches, and private forests across the nation.