Can you name the 4 principles of Soil Health? If so, one can see how cover crops are a key part of Soil Health but NOT the only part!
I am currently an Area Resource Conservationist in Altoona, WI for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. I have worked in many regions of Wisconsin in numerous positions. I have spent many hours talking, listening, learning, and assisting in the incorporation of cover crops (and Soil Health principles) into various Wisconsin Agriculture systems (ex: after corn silage, small grains, different application methods in corn grain and soybean stands, covers in grazing systems, etc) and look forward to helping with any questions to maintain and improve our productive soils.
As a member of the WI NRCS Soil Health team I have had the opportunity to mingle, listen, and learn from some of the leading resource professionals and farmers in the Nation! Most interesting though is working with some our OWN Wisconsin Soil Health farmers—Tom, Vic, Andy, Jim, Joe, Mike, Jeff, Shane, Kate. . . . . to name a few off of the top of my head—You all Rock!! Sometimes we get frustrated because we don’t have all the answers; however “The code of covers in Wisconsin” is much more cracked than 5 or 6 years ago. We need to keep moving forward.
My education is Water and Soils from UW-Stevens Point. I am also a Certified Crop Advisor and am involved in the family farm in Clark County, WI
The 4 Soil Health Principles are:
1) Minimize Disturbance
2) Keep it covered
3) Living Root year round
4) Diversity in Rotation