If you’re wondering how to get started improving your soil health but aren’t ready to dive into no-till farming yet, consider implementing a strip-tillage system as a sound first step.

Paul Jasa, Extension engineer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, describes strip-till as a transitional tool because it calls for tillage between strips, as opposed to no-till, which eliminates tillage altogether.

When thinking long-term about your soil health, keep in mind that no-till farming increases resiliency best. It strengthens the soil structure against compaction, reduces erosion, and increases soil organic matter as residue is left to decompose naturally.

According to Jasa, “You need to get your soil health working with you. Residue is your best friend and sometimes, your only friend.”

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