Soil Residue Cover Examples

The following are examples of different levels of residue soil cover. The percentage of soil cover in each photo is estimated.

No-till corn residue 100% soil cover

No-till corn residue, 90% soil cover

No-till corn residue, 75% soil cover

No till corn residue, 50% soil cover

No till corn residue, 10% soil cover

No till wheat residue, 95% soil cover

Tilled wheat residue, 50% soil cover

Tilled soybean residue with emerging cereal rye, 25% soil cover

Soybean residue with emerging cover crop, 80% soil cover

Tilled corn residue, 15% soil cover

Tilled soybean residue, 15% soil cover

Tilled soybean residue, 5% soil cover

Tilled corn residue, 15% soil cover

Tilled corn residue, 20% soil cover

Tilled corn residue, 10% soil cover

Tilled corn residue, 5% soil cover

Tilled wheat residue, 20% soil cover

West River Soil Health School Registration Open!

In 2024, the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition will host an additional Soil Health School in west of the Missouri River! The 2024 West River Soil Health School with be held June 26-27 near Caputa, SD! This school will focus on issues specific to the land, climate, and ag production systems of wester South Dakota. Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged!

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