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Corn+Soybean Digest

Signs of healthy soil

Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension soil health specialist, talked about the signs of healthy soil at the Conservation Tillage Conference in December. She says the presence of soil aggregates is a good indicator of healthy soil, as well as earth worms. The color of soil reflects the amount of organic matter, Wick says, noting that lighter soil has less organic matter.

Wick also talked about the negative impacts of tillage, and offered resources for those farmers looking to start using cover crops to improve soil health.

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