Soil health practices build soil and the bottom line

Sep 24, 2020

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

PIERRE, SD – In times like these, it’s what cattle and crop producers don’t spend that makes the biggest difference to their bottom line.

“Because prices are not very good right now, there isn’t a lot a farmer or rancher can do to get more in the market, so they are looking to cut expenses,” Dacotah Bank Agricultural Banker Trevor Samson explained.

Nick Jorgensen agrees. Implementing soil health practices are how the Ideal, SD, cattle and crop producer and his dad, Bryan, cut input costs across their operation.

“We are doing things that if we were not doing them, we would not be able to stay in business long term,” Jorgensen said. “In times like this, practices that save you money allow you to make a little money instead of burn through equity.”

Practice by practice, Jorgensen explains how by focusing on soil health, the family saves $100 per acre and $350 per head annually.

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