WW-07399 Reviewed 2008Part of The Soil Management Series
SOIL: A Farmer's "Silent Partner"
Soil is the basis of farming. It delivers water and nutrients to crops, physically supports plants, helps control pests, determines where rainfall goes after it hits the earth, and protects the quality of drinking water, air, and wildlife habitat.
The goal of soil management is to protect soil and enhance its performance, so you can farm profitably and preserve environmental quality for decades to come.
Why learn more about soil management?
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Consider the valuable services your soil provides:
You determine how soil performs.
You cannot control slope, texture, climate, and other critical soil factors. But you can control tillage, crop rotations, soil amendments, and other management choices. Through these choices you change the structure, biological activity, and chemical content of soil, and you influence erosion rates, pest populations, nutrient availability, and crop production.
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