The first step to rebuilding soil is to reduce or eliminate tillage. Whether organic or conventional, new technologies are available to help all farmers lessen their impact on the soil. The benefits of leaving soil in place includes erosion prevention, cost savings on fuel and equipment use, alleviation of compaction, better water infiltration, and leaving behind residual plant matter to armor the soil’s surface.
Without disturbance, the soil can start to rebuild structure and tilth, conserve organic matter, and become a habitat for larger soil organisms, like earthworms. To address the initial learning curve and help farmers transition successfully, check out the resources below.