What is Soil Health?

An Interactive Exploration of Soil Health and How to Improve It

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Screenshot of an animated farm landscape

Why is soil health so important? More and more, producers are understanding that healthy soils are more productive and lead to healthier crops. Dig into this interactive infographic to learn more about sustainable production practices that can help build healthy soil. Explore the on-farm benefits of using cover crops, crop rotation, manure amendments, composting and more on the complex web of life below the surface of the soil.

Click on the blue and purple icons in the farmscape, or the categories on the left, to read more about soil health concepts.

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More Soil Health Resources

Explore SARE resources to find out more about soil health and other sustainable practices. Here are a few in-depth resources you might be interested in: