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Economics of Soil Health Systems – Ohio (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 11 farmers interviewed in Ohio grew crops on an average of 1095 acres, using no-till on 87% and cover crops on 54% of those acres. Sixty-four percent of the farmers interviewed reported increased yield from using a soil health management system, and none reported a yield decline. The current adoption rates of no-till (47%) and cover crops (8%) in Ohio indicate that other Ohio farmers may improve their profitability by adopting soil health management systems. Farmers also reported additional benefits of their soil health system, such as increased resilience to extreme weather and increased access to their fields.

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