Soil health is an integral part of any operation’s profit potential. Topsoil needs particular care as 60% of plant roots are grown within 4 inches of the surface. Topsoil is incredibly vulnerable to wind storms and even light rains, as every raindrop acts as a tiny bomb interrupting the soil surface. Reducing tillage is one way to preserve this high-value soil and save dollars by ensuring your fertilizer application is actually doing its job instead of running off the field.

Whether working in tandem with Mother Nature is your passion or not, every producer concerned about yields and profitability should have soil health top of mind. Protecting your soil is as simple as disturbing it less and keeping some type of crop residue on the surface year-round. Bare soil is a thing of the past, with advancements like cover crops or winter forage helping protect topsoil in the off-season.

Read more on soil health and easy ways to protect your most precious asset here.