By Kent Solberg • SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist
Hey soil health aficionados – check out this great treatise on crop diversity by Dr. Dwayne Beck from the Dakota Lakes Research Farm in South Dakota. As you are aware, increasing diversity in the crop rotation is a key principle of soil health. Dr. Beck summarizes Dakota Lake’s 30-plus years of experience. The essay is followed by principles for designing and implementing diverse crop rotations based on their research and experience.
While he provides examples from their farm, the principles hold across regions and soil types. Grain, row crop and vegetable producers can all glean valuable information from this essay. Dr. Beck is one of the foremost authorities on crop rotations and is also know for his “down-to-earth, common-sense, get-to-the-point” style. His work has provided much of the guidance for the Burleigh Co. Soil Health Team. If you are moving your farm toward an emphasis on soil health, this essay is worthy of the read.