Management Practices and Soil Test Interpretation in Wet Climates

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Soil Health: Management Practices and Soil Test Interpretation in Wet Climates

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How do you measure success on your farm? Numbers on a yield monitor, balance in your bank account, or a soil health test result from a lab? Most farmers are looking for success in all these areas, but how they define success and achieve it differs on every farm.

In this video Elyssa McFarland from The Soil Health Partnership will shine light on the complexity of these interactions to find consistent themes to help identify common threads that lead to early success and consistent outcomes.

Dr Kristen Veum, USDA-ARS, will then share multi organizational efforts to improve soil health interpretation for farmers including details on the new Soil Health Assessment Protocol and Evaluation (SHAPE). The speakers will identify management practices that improve soil health in wet climates, discuss the gaps in soil health knowledge and get feedback from farmers regarding their needs for better soil health interpretation.

Soil health has emerged as a central theme in conversations about the future of American agriculture. Soils have become a focal topic due to new scientific understanding, the application of emerging technologies, and a growing interest among producers and policymakers in improving climate resilience and mitigating emissions.

NCAT's Soil Health Innovations Conference was held online with live-streamed speakers and panels, as well as virtual halls for exhibitors and student posters. The event allowed participants to network with exhibitors and sponsors and the producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country.

This was a far-reaching exploration of agriculture’s sustainable future: on-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy.

You can explore this website for additional information about speakers, the agenda, and sponsors and vendors. SOILINNOVATIONS.NCAT.ORG/

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. This video was also made possible in part by funding from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) and other partners. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.
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