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Soil Health in Vegetable Fields and High Tunnels: Lessons from 100 Farms 


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Small-scale (<50 acre) vegetable farms are an increasingly important part of the Upper Midwest food system, but little is documented about the soils on these farms, particularly in high tunnels. To develop a better understanding of soil health and nutrient management trends in these systems, a team of Extension educators in Minnesota conducted soil tests and soil health assessments in fields and high tunnels at 100 vegetable farms, accompanied by a survey about management practices. In this session, we’ll highlight what we learned, and two farmer participants will share how they are planning to move forward with soil management after participating in the trial. 

Year: 2024
By: Lauren Barry, Natalie Hoidal, Skyler Hawkins