The North Central Region Soil Health Nexus is a university-led team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources.

The team was created in 2015 with funding from the North Central Region Water Network.  The team is structured around research, extension and outreach, and resources and communications with representatives from all 12 North Central Region states.

Check out our Soil Health Toolbox, including our resources for soil health on-farm research and our newly created Soil Health Nexus Matrix Decision-Tool!

Soil Health Digital Cafe Series

The Soil Health Nexus is hosting a series of informal soil health webinars featuring Extension soil health experts and researchers from across the region discussing the latest soil health research, resources, and news. The webinars will take place monthly; they will be an hour in length with 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minutes of Q&A and then a casual 30-minute Digital Café where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more depth with Soil Health Nexus members.

Most Recent Webinar:

Prairies and Landscape Change: Notes from the Underground
Wednesday, January 18 at 2pm CT – View the Recording

Restoring prairie from cropland has well-known benefits to soil health – at least to the soil directly underneath the prairie.  How might prairie strips, or contour plantings of native prairie species embedded in row crop fields, affect the surrounding soil and crops?  This Digital Café featured Dr. Marshall McDaniel, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, who helped answer this question.

Upcoming Webinar:

Baseline Assessment of the Soil Health in Ohio
Wednesday, February 15th at 2pm CT

A key part of soil health assessments is understanding how soil health indicators vary by soil type. This talk will feature Christine Sprunger, Assistant Professor of Soil Health at Michigan State University, who will outline a baseline soil health assessment that was conducted in Ohio. The talk will also outline goals for conducting future baseline assessments across the state of Michigan.

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18Jan/23

Prairies and Landscape Change: Notes from the Underground

Restoring prairie from cropland has well-known benefits to soil health – at least to the soil directly underneath the prairie. In this presentation, Dr. Marshall McDaniel, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, shared how might prairie strips, or contour plantings of native prairie species embedded in row crop fields, affect the surrounding soil and crops. This presentation was originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

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16Nov/22

Cover Crop Profitability

How long does it take for cover crops to become profitable?  In this presentation, Dr. Rob Myers of University of Missouri shared insights on how different management scenarios can impact the time it takes for cover crops to provide a positive economic return, based on data from the SARE/CTIC national cover crop survey.This presentation was originally broadcast on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

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