Yamily Zavala - Understanding Soil Health

Having a better knowledge about soil components, properties and their interactions is the basis for understanding soil health. In a healthy soil, all the soil properties are interacting without being detrimental to each other. Healthy soils will have good tilth, adequate root depth, enough nutrients, good water storage and drainage, low soil borne disease pressure and quick recovery from adverse climatic events (resilience). To improve and sustain the soil health, it is very important to minimize soil disturbance, to increase plant diversity above ground for greater biological diversity below ground, keep soil covered all the time, maintain a living root system for as long as possible during the year and integrate livestock into the cropping system.  

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