Soil Health

A healthy soil meets four key principles- protect the soil, minimum tillage, plant diversity and year-round plant growth. A heathy soil is a living, breathing, very active environment in which to grow food for our community. A healthy soil slows runoff, infiltrates water, and retains nutrients, making them available to crops when they are needed. A healthy soil acts in harmony with crops grown above the ground.

Walworth County Land Conservation is partnering with producers to get the message out on the important benefits of a healthy soil.  Conservation staff are helping producers network with each other to learn more about the benefits of no till production and cover crops.  

On October 12, 2018, Land Conservation staff held a Cover Crop Field Day to bring people together to learn more about cover crops and soil health. During the field day, participants saw a demonstration on how water flows through a variety of soil types.  You can see the demonstration of the rainfall simulator below.

Rainfall Simulator