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Economics of Soil Health Systems – Michigan (Fact Sheet)

The Soil Health Institute and Cargill conducted this project to provide farmers with the economics information they need when deciding whether to adopt soil health practices and systems. The 10 farmers interviewed in Michigan grew crops on an average of 1278 acres, using no-till on 89% and cover crops on 83% of those acres. Forty percent of the farmers interviewed reported increased yield from using a soil health management system. Two farmers reported decreased corn yield. Based on the information provided by these farmers, it cost an average of $29.24/acre less to grow corn and $20.96/acre less to grow soybean using a soil health management system. The current adoption rates of no-till (25%) and cover crops (11%) in Michigan indicate that other Michigan farmers.

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