25 Oct '12, 12pm

Feed your soil — and the rest will follow

Gail Fuller Keeping your soil covered with cover crops between food crops is a key ingredient to healthy soil. In the 1990s, Gail Fuller stopped tilling his Kansas farm. He and his brother had inherited the farm and he wanted to move away from the way they’d been doing things in the 1970s and ’80s. “I thought that once you got to no-till that was the answer. But I didn’t change my management practices, so no-till actually failed,” he recalls. “We were doing miserably by the early 2000s.” Farmers like Fuller use the term “soil management” a lot, and the truth is it means different things on different farms. But when he compares the way he’s farming today to what he was doing 10 years ago, it’s not hard to understand what he means. “We didn’t rotate our crops, we didn’t have enough crop residue in the soil, our erosion was high, our yields weren’t increasing, and our herbici...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/feed-your-soil-and-the-rest-will-fo...

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