Special report: Keeping soil healthy

Soil organic matter (SOM) is often considered the foundation of healthy soil because it mediates many biological, chemical and physical soil properties, from water holding capacity to nutrient availability.

Strategies for building SOM generally depend on either increasing organic matter inputs (through cover crops, manures, composts, and other organic amendments) or decreasing organic matter losses, typically by reducing tillage. For vegetable farms with sandy soils, building SOM can be especially challenging.

In this report, published in Vegetable Growers News, learn how studies show that sandy soils see the greatest benefits from increasing organic matter levels.

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