During the Conversation Tillage Conference, farmers and industry leaders explored building and retaining more organic matter in the soil. North Dakota State University Assistant Professor of Soil Health Caley Gasch says it all starts with with last year’s crop. “We have residue in lots of fields this year,” she says. “In springs where we don’t have a lot of snow cover with open fields, we lose a lot of soil to erosion. Residue is the first line of defense and can help minimize that. When residue works its way into the soil, it can contribute to nutrient cycling and nice physical properties that make planting easier.”
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