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Is your farm ready for the next storm? Soil health as a win-win for sustainability, resiliency, and mitigation for climate change

Minnesota farmers are beginning to face the harsh realities of climate change: warmer sometime stressful temperatures, more severe storms, and a higher risk of summertime droughts. At the same time, management for sustainability and soil health is increasingly promoted as an option for stabilizing production and increasing environmental quality. In this respect, the MN office for the USDA-NRCS, as part of their mission for resource conservation, has initiated an EQUIP funded Cover Crop Soil Health Initiative since 2013. Farms enrolled in the program include diverse cover crops into portions of their cropping systems, but there is currently no partner to test the efficacy of these efforts. In this project, I will work closely with the NRCS to provide them and farmers this critically needed soil data. We also test readiness for severe rain events and test CO2 emissions to provide tangible evidence for soil quality promotion in our state. Researcher: Jessica Gutknecht (Department of Soil, Water, and Climate)

Project Award Date: 
2016-04-15
Community organization or agency: 
USDA-NRCS
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737