Soil Management and Technology

Sand County Foundation is empowering farmers with real-time data about their conservation practices.

This project provides farmer collaborators with on-farm data of how their management influences soil temperature, nutrient runoff potential, and other factors.

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Farmers using a soil health management system are paired with a neighbor with similar soils but a more conventional management approach. The aim is to quantify how infiltration, water holding capacity, soil trafficability, leaching potential, aggregate stability, and other soil properties are influenced by management.

Soil sensor technology in each field provided each farmer access from their cell phone to their own real-time soil moisture and temperature data. 

“Farmers are seeking real-time data to guide in-season decision making,” said Dr. Heidi Peterson, Sand County Foundation’s Vice President of Agricultural Conservation and Research.

For more information contact:

Heidi Peterson, PhD. - 612.504.7186

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