Soil Health Principles Part 5 – Diversity is Key

In the fifth part of our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot focuses on the benefits of diversity for improving soil health. In his examples of a garden and two different row crop farmers, he demonstrates how growing a variety of cash crops, and a planting a diverse cover crop mix, can improve soil pH, and important plant nutrients like potassium and phosphorous. This reduces costs associated with using commercial fertilizers while maintaining and sometimes increasing production of cash crops. Mixing warm season and cool season plant, broad leaf plants and grasses, and adding legumes, are all ways do provide diversity, as well as resilience. Buz notes that different plants to better at different times, so having a diversity of species ensures that there will always be something covering the soil. For those of us interested in choosing diverse cover crops, he shares this chart, developed by the Agricultural Research Service's Dr. Mark Liebig.   Take a look at the 5:49 video and then we'll talk about pasture

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2 thoughts on “Soil Health Principles Part 5 – Diversity is Key

  1. Yes! Look at what Gabe Brown did in N. Dakota on 16″ a year and no irrigation. His pastures are always good, and his crops the same, even during droughty years.

  2. I love the video series by Buz Kloot. He is direct, personable, and avoids wild generalizations, supporting everything he says with apt anecdotes and examples. Thank you very much for providing these to us.

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