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Soil Health in the Garvey-Glenn Watershed

An overview of soil health and conservative agricultural practices. Take a look at examples of farms in the Garvey-Glenn that have implemented reduced tillage practices.

Hayley Murray

on 8 April 2016

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Transcript of Soil Health in the Garvey-Glenn Watershed

By using BMP's to manage soil we:

Protect and improve soil health
Reduce erosion
Improve water quality
Save on fuel and labour

Soil research in the Garvey-Glenn has shown that soils with reduced tillage are healthier than those using conventional methods.
In the Garvey-Glenn Watershed, reduced tillage is gaining popularity.

Healthy soils support productive crop yields without becoming degraded.

There are biological, physical and chemical properties that influence soil health.
Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP's) help to protect and improve
soil health

It is important to understand what makes up
soil health
so that the most appropriate BMP's are choosen for your farm.

Lets take a look at a few examples!
Healthy Soil
Healthy Crops

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Minimum till, and no-till particularly, over the last 30 years has no doubt improved soil structure, reduced erosion from wind and water, improved drainage, and increased profits.
-Lawrence Hogan
The influence of these properties on how a soil functions varies from farm to farm.

When deciding how to manage the soil on your farm, there are lots of BMP's to choose from or use in combination.

Moore Farm
Freedman, B. (2004). Renewable Natural Resources. In B. Freedman, Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective Third Edition (pp. 230-240).
Toronton, ON: Pearson Education Canada Inc.

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. (2016, March 2). Foundations of Soil Health Roadshow 2016 . Ontario.

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Kraft Farm
Strip-tilled their fields for the first time in 2015.

They recommend:
Talking to other farmers who have experience
Hiring someone to test out custom strips

Get started today and
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for information on
cost-share programs
The Garvey-Glenn Watershed Project
Watershed Project

If we can increase soil health by using BMP's, it will improve crop production, as well as reduce runoff, erosion and nutrient losses to waterways.
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These efforts contribute to their farms sustainability.
The Krafts have used a reduced tillage system since 2001.
They also use other BMP's:
Cover crops
Erosion control structures
Nutrient management
Hogan Farm
Have been using a reduced tillage system for over 3 decades!

What Makes Up Soil Health?
Organic Matter
Soil Health
Water-holding Capacity
Soil Acidity

Farmers in the Garvey-Glenn

Examples of BMP's:
Rotating Crops
Maintaining soil cover
Adding organic matter
Reducing tillage
Taking marginal farmland out of production
Determining what to feed your crops through soil testing
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (1997). Best Management Practices Soil Management.


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