Soil health is a combination of physical, chemical and biological properties impacting the function and productivity of the soil. Several of these properties directly affect your farm’s net return.
Soil organic matter directly impacts water infiltration rates, soil aggregate stability and soil structure. It can also impact compaction, which can affect your farm’s net return.
While it is difficult to place a monetary value on any one of these properties, it may be possible to provide an estimate of the economic value of two by-products of healthy soil: the availability of water and maintenance of soil nutrients.