Improving the bottom line using continuous no-till, cover crops and cropping diversity

This is an informative publication about Improving the bottom line using continuous no-till, cover crops and cropping diversity.

Soil health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. This publication emphasizes the natural principles of the no-till system and discusses 14 'spokes' of the management techniques for improving soil health:

  1. Diversify crop rotations
  2. Plant cover crops
  3. Diversify cover crops
  4. Maximize living roots
  5. Grow living plants
  6. Manage carbon
  7. Use interseeding
  8. Plant green
  9. Enhance soil armor
  10. Manage nutrients
  11. Manage manure
  12. Manage pests
  13. Avoid compaction
  14. Integrate crops and livestock

Although this is written with Pennsylvanian farmers in mind, the principles apply perfectly to the UK...