Soil Health

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Soil health is the foundation of agricultural production. The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance funds priority-driven research and knowledge mobilization to promote soil health, maintain and enhance our natural resources and support environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.

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In Search of Crop Diversification

Research by UofG professors to understand and quantify the benefits of cover crops to soil health. This story was originally published in the Spring 2018 edition of the Agri-Food Yearbook.

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Understanding Soil Health

Investigating the benefits and impacts of diverse crop rotations and different cover crops. This story was originally published in the Fall 2016 edition of the Agri-Food Yearbook.

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Cover Crops Decision Tool

Cover crops protect soil from erosion during non-growing seasons and have soil health and economic benefits. This tool can help producers pick the right cover crops to plant based on county, soil type and desired benefits.

If you're a producer and want to learn more, check out OMAFRA's Soil Health BMPs and Winter Cover Crops BMPs.