WW-07402 Reviewed 2008
Copyright © 2003 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.Part of The Soil Management Series
Why Manage Soil Organic Matter?
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If you were looking for productive farmland, you would want an ideal soil in which:
In other words, you would look for soil with high organic matter levels. Soil organic matter, and the soil organisms that live on it, are critical to many soil processes. It allows high crop yields and reduced input costs.
Yet some farmers neglect this valuable resource by tilling excessively or by not regularly adding back organic matter. Here is part of what happens to soil performance when organic matter levels decline.
What are you doing to your soil organic matter?
Building soil organic matter may be the most important thing you can do to enhance long-term soil performance. This publication will help you understand the dynamics of organic matter and will examine how you could improve soil organic matter on your farm.
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