Find out how to keep your soil (and your nutrients) right here at home.
The Midwest. From scenic countrysides north to south, families have spent generations caring for their land. Passed from one caretaker to the next, each field of Hoosier heritage represents lots of hard work and help from the elements. Previous generations chose this perfect Midwest location for many reasons. Now, it’s today’s farmer that must make sure the land settled by their grandparents and great grandparents stays put. Keeping the soils that settled here generations before safe and sound for generations to come, well, that’s us taking pride in where we’re from. After all, the Midwest is best!
What can we do?
It is recommended that you test your soil pH and nutrient levels at a minimum every 4 years. Understanding your nutrient levels helps determine nutrient needs and develop a plan — which helps you pay for exactly what you need, where you need it, when you need it!
Cover crops can be a significant opportunity to impact yields, bottom lines, soil health and ultimately, water quality. Utilizing cover crops ensures your soils stay right where they’re needed for this year’s cropping season and for generations to come.
- Split nitrogen application to reduce input costs and prevent over-application (Right Amount)
- Consider the form of nitrogen being applied and the risk of loss (Right Source)
- Use in-season diagnostic tools such as PSNTs, tissue sampling, aerial imagery or digital modeling tools to adjust or split nitrogen applications
- Avoid fall application of N due to increased risk of loss, which may result in lower crop yields (Right Time)
- Pair manure applications with a living green cover to hold nutrients in soil (Right Place)
- Reducing passes, depth, speed and/or actions that disturb soil keeps nutrients in place for their intended use.
- Utilizing tillage methods like no-till and strip-till encourages nutrient retention.
- Avoid deep tillage to reduce soil erosion and preserve organic matter
- Reduced tillage can lower fuel use and labor costs
Partnerships for Success
Learn more about resource partners that work with farmers and landowners that provide programs to make soil health management easy.