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 newly developed 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 Cafe where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more depth with Soil Health Nexus members.

Most Recent Webinar:

Midwest Cover Crops Council: Empowering a Network of Professionals
Wednesday, July 20th at 2pm CT

Anna Morrow is the program manager for the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC). She reviewed MCCC resources and tools for cover crop decision making, including the pocket field guide, decision tool, and upcoming tools.

A recording is forthcoming. Stay tuned!


Join the Nexus for our upcoming Field School for Soil Health Educators

Save the Date for the Field School for Soil Health Educators August 9-10th

Join the Nexus for a hands-on training and networking for Extension Educators and local conservation staff

Join educators from across the Midwest to build skills for communicating soil health concepts. In the field, we’ll evaluate soil changes after using different tillage and cover crop planting equipment, and practice using a penetrometer under different field conditions. Presentations will cover manure management and cover crop nutrient uptake.

Participants will learn from professional communicators and share best practices on how to engage diverse audiences on soil management topics. Plus, attendees will produce their own soil health focused podcast or video story! An optional half-day field trip will include travel to the karst region of southeast Minnesota to learn how communities and farmers are working to protect vulnerable drinking water aquifers from nitrate contamination.

Registration is now open! Be sure to snag your spot before space fills up! Register here.

This field-day is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC20-189. 


Introducing The Soil Health Matrix Decision Tool

As part of the Soil Health Nexus Digital Cafe Series, Brian Dougherty, Field Agricultural Engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Brian is a part of the Soil Health Nexus team that worked to develop the Soil Health Matrix Decision Tool presented in this webinar. This presentation was originally broadcast on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.