Impact of Agricultural Inputs on Soil Health: Assessing Farmer Interest

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Proposed by The Soil Health Institute

April 8, 2022 /CSRwire/ — Farmers around the world are increasingly focused on improving the health of their soils. This interest is well placed because healthy soils generally have more nutrients available to plants, are more drought resistant, more effective against disease and more profitable. Management systems that improve soil health also benefit the environment by sequestering more carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing runoff and nutrient leaching, and even providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. As more and more farmers invest to improve the health of their soils, questions arise about the impact of agricultural inputs on soil health.

To gauge farmers’ level of interest in this topic, the Soil Health Institute partnered with Trust In Food™, the sustainable farming division of Farm Journal, using a combination of survey questions, content analysis published and tracked farmer engagement with articles on the subject posted on AgWeb. The survey was sent to 10,000 US farmers who farm at least 100 acres and included:

  • 3,500 corn/soya producers,
  • 3,500 wheat/barley/oat producers,
  • 1,500 cotton/groundnut producers, and
  • 1,500 fruit/vegetable producers (specialty crops).

In particular, 66% of respondents said they were interested in the impact of agricultural inputs on soil health. When these farmers were asked to rate their interest in the effects of manures, pesticides, organic products or fertilizers; 62% said they were interested in everything of these entries.

Analysis of the level of information consumed by a random sample of 10,000 AgWeb users showed that farmers who care about both agricultural inputs and soil health consume 34% more digital information than group as a whole, farm 446 more acres and have a median income of $144,410. superior to the group as a whole. Additionally, 45% of these farmers are early adopters of conservation practices (which is 25% higher than the group as a whole).

“This analysis clearly shows that many farmers are interested in the impact of different agricultural inputs on the health of their soils,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, president and CEO of the Soil Health Institute. “To serve these farmers, our next step is to assess the state of the science so that we can determine what is currently known and identify critical gaps that need to be filled.”

The full report is available here.

About the Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute is a global non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils through scientific research and advancement. The Institute brings together leaders in soil health science and industry to conduct research and empower farmers and other landowners with the knowledge to successfully adopt regenerative soil health systems that deliver economic benefits. and environmental to agriculture and society.

The Institute’s scientific team holds PhDs in various soil sciences and related disciplines, with specialties in carbon cycle, nutrient cycle, water cycle, nutrient management, soil microbiome, farmer education , education, GIS, modeling of ecosystem services, soil-plant relationships, on-farm economics, etc. The team is following a comprehensive strategy to advance the adoption of regenerative soil health systems, as briefly described in this 5 minute video.

Healthy soils are the basis for restoring our lands. Together, we can create a secure future for all, mitigate the effects of climate change, and help farmers and organizations achieve their large-scale production and environmental goals. To visit www.soilhealthinstitute.org to learn more and follow us on Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitterand Facebook.

About confidence in food

Trust In Food is a division of Farm Journal dedicated to integrating and accelerating the transition to more sustainable and regenerative farming practices, making every dollar invested in conservation agriculture more effective. We bring business intelligence to behavior change in agricultural production: helping farmers understand, want and feel able to undertake change in practices through data science, social research and communications strategies deployed via the Farm Journal omnichannel platform in collaboration with our partners. Visit www.trustinfood.com to learn more.

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The Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute

About the Soil Health Institute
The Soil Health Institute is a global non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils through scientific research and advancement. We bring together leaders in soil health science and industry to help farmers, ranchers and landowners adopt soil health systems that build drought resilience, stabilize yield and benefit their results.

The Institute’s team of scientists, with PhDs in various soil sciences and related disciplines, have developed highly effective soil health goals and standardized metrics to quantify progress in achieving regenerative and sustainable agricultural systems, and leads the cutting edge areas of carbon sequestration and decoding soil microbiota.

Healthy soils are the basis for rejuvenating our earth. Together, we can create a secure future for all, mitigate the effects of climate change, and help agriculture and organizations meet large-scale production and environmental goals.

To visit institutdelasantedusol.org to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitterand Facebook.

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