Getting To The Root Of The Problem

Farmers Given A Lesson In Restoring Soil Health

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Posted: February 13, 2013

Jay Fuhrer of the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Bismarck, N.D., discusses “poor soil health” issues on Tuesday with the audience at the Virginia No-Till Alliance winter conference in Harrisonburg. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Jay Fuhrer of the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Bismarck, N.D., says soil can’t be rescued until farmers stop “treating the symptoms” and look to the root causes of poor soil health.
Cover crop seeds are on display Tuesday at the Virginia No-Till Alliance winter conference in Harrisonburg.
HARRISONBURG — The soil in Burleigh County, N.D., was struggling 25 years ago.

 Conventional tillage and a lack of cover-crop usage was causing much wind and water erosion. Farmers were only...


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