Soil cover provides numerous benefits such as erosion control, water retention, temperature regulation, beneficial habitat, weed suppression, and protection against soil compaction.
Diverse plantings and crop rotations mimic our original landscapes. Above and belowground biodiversity are key to healthy, functioning agroecosystems.
Live root exudate is the primary food source for the soil food web. Incorporating cover crops provides food for soil biology, builds aggregates and pore space, and improves water quality, in addition to many other benefits.
Soil disturbance can occur through biological, chemical, or physical means. Disturbing the soil often disrupts the soil food web, depletes organic matter, restricts plant emergence, and creates conditions that allow for wind and water erosion.
Returning livestock to the landscape can balance carbon to nitrogen ratios, manage crop residue, control weed pressure, cycle nutrients on-site, reduce livestock waste associated with confinement, and promote plant regrowth.