Building a healthy soil that can resist challenges

The health of your soil can affect the way it responds to too much water, dryness or heat


It’s often said that weather is the biggest factor in setting the yield for a crop. This is true as far as it goes, but it ignores how much the health of the soil can affect the way the crop responds to the weather.

Crops growing on abused soil can grow well when conditions are ideal, but they start to suffer at the first sign of too much water, dryness or heat. Healthy soil, on the other hand, produces crops that continue to grow well despite these challenges, and will generate good yields in all but the worst weather. Incidentally, this will mean more bushels in the bin every year, but especially in the years when prices are high.

Better Farming - June/July 2012