Rebuilding and Maintaining Life in the Soil

Seminar Barn

Rebuilding and maintaining life in the soil is directly linked to the longevity and reliability of our future agriculture. Plants, animals, and soils evolved together over geological time. Consequently, the cropping and grazing systems we are using today are not the systems which originally built our soils.

Landscape simplification has been ongoing for generations fueled by loss of perennials and animal impact, combined with soil disturbance, residue removal, and monoculture crop production without cover crops. Symptoms of landscape simplification are evident and include reduced soil organic matter and infiltration, wind erosion, water erosion, salinity, water quality impacts, and high fossil fuel inputs.

First Principles Lecture