Soil Health

Keeping soils fit for food farming

Soil health sounds simple but it’s based on soil organic matter and the processes affecting soil organic matter are complicated with many interrelat... more »

Multiyear rotation in high tunnels curbs soil pathogens

Tomatoes are the high revenue crop in high tunnels but growing tomatoes after tomatoes can build up soil pathogens and affect soil fertility. Carefull... more »

The best-laid crop rotation plans oft go awry. Here’s how to circle back when they do

Crop rotations quickly become complicated – that’s what Charles Mohler found when he and Sue Ellen Johnson wrote the book on that difficult subjec... more »

Dirt doctor Kate Tully says organic farming has a value for soil building

Kate Tully is an associate professor of agroecology in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland. She ... more »

Researcher studies enhanced nutrition of organic potatoes while building healthy soils

Weed management, soil health and the nutritional quality of foods grown organically continue to be high priority research topics for organic producers... more »

Organic certifier, grower Dan Rossman dishes on soil fertility, weeds

Rossman’s organic farming on the family farm near Lakeview, Michigan, started when the corn price fell to $1.50 per bushel in 1999 and the farmers h... more »

Vermont Valley Farm finds a niche in supplying organic seed potatoes

Small, organic farms need organic seed potatoes, and a small, organic farm in Wisconsin has found its niche in supplying those farms. The Vermont Val... more »

Why organic growers respect the soil: Editor’s letter

Ask a good grower about their ground, and you’ll get a detailed response, and occasionally, a lengthy conversation. After three years of intervie... more »

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