On this edition of the HAT Soil Health Podcast presented by the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, Decatur, IN farmer Mike Werling and USDA NRCS State Soil Health Specialist Stephanie McLain talk about how soils behave under a long-term soil health system at the Fort Wayne Farm Show.
Werling has been using cover crops since the early 90s. He discusses how using a mix of cover crops is beneficial to his soil. McLain says that it’s a common misnomer that using a mix of cover crops is always more expensive.
They also discuss how earthworms, or “soil workers” as Werling calls them, make it to where he’s not farming with just his topsoil, but he’s farming with about 4 feet of soil. And it’s all because of their nutrient rich poop. Wait…can you say that word on a podcast?