Soil health is for everybody; not just for farmers using no-till practices or ranchers grazing cover crops. Those words come from Centrol Crop Consulting agronomist Lee Briese, the keynote speaker at the Dakota Innovation Research and Technology (DIRT) Workshop. Briese’s main message to the crowd was details matter. “What a farm is dealing with and facing will be different than their neighbor, so it’s important to try different practices.” With the challenging harvest conditions, a lot of farmers had to traverse their fields in the mud. “It caused a lot of soil disturbance, rutting and potentially some compaction. That all affects soil performance,” says Briese. “I’m encouraging farmers to do soil testing and check the bulk density. ” When dealing with already saturated soils, reduced tillage practices and cover crops are viable options come spring. Briese says many farmers didn’t get a chance for fall tillage may be forced into implementing some direct seeding. Hear the story.