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Integrating Livestock with Crops Project: Infiltration. Monitoring Soil Health

Montana State University’s three-year research project, “Impacts of Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems on Soil Health and Crop Production,” has uncovered some interesting findings. Funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), and led by Research Associate Devon Ragen and her masters-degree student, Trestin Benson, this research explored the benefits and challenges of incorporating sheep into a five-year dryland cropping rotation and a diverse vegetable production system.

In this video, NCAT Livestock Specialistdave Scott demonstrates how easy it is to check your farm’s soil health with just a shovel and an infiltration ring.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.