Soil Health Principles Part 1 – The Nature and Properties of Soils

In the fall of 2013, film maker Robin "Buz" Kloot, teamed up with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a project to share the important role soil plays in all our lives. He began with a cross-country trek to interview some of the nation's leading researchers and experts on soil health. Over the next three years, Buz, a Research Associate Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, took what he'd learned, and put it all into a series of short videos that break a very complex subject into easy to understand segments. We've shared a number of them with the On Pasture community in the past. At the end of the 2016 season, Buz realized that there are all kinds of tools and practices that enhance soil health. Choosing what works for an individual operation comes from an understanding of basic soil health principles. So he put together a series of videos on those principles, with examples of how they can be used in different production systems. Buz starts with pieces of information about the nature and properties of soils that we can take with us as we consider the principles that will help us be better managers. I've summarized his points below and added some additional On Pasture resources for further exploration. Enjoy! [caption id="at

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2 thoughts on “Soil Health Principles Part 1 – The Nature and Properties of Soils

    1. Glyphosate isn’t really appropos to this video and article. Buz is just covering the nature and properties of soil here. I can see that you’re interested in the glyphosate/soil topic though, and I do have information on it. I’ll put together some information for future issues.

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