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Featured Resource:The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Identifying the primary resource concern on your farm and land is a critical starting point for soil and natural resource conservation and farm viability. In Dale Strickler’s recent book The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil, Dale draws on his experience and expertise as a farmer, cattle rancher, college soil science instructor, and current agronomist Green Cover Seeds to provide a thorough accessible manual for building soil health and restorin

g function. He covers historical events, current resource concerns, and future challenges to farming and ranching, while also providing sound principles, priorities, strategies and practices to improve soil biological, chemical, and physical properties. He emphasizes that conventional tillage and bare fallow have resulted in farm and soil ecosystems being disrupted, degraded and eventually becoming totally dysfunctional. He points out that soil degradation has been and continues to be a primary cause for flooding, natural disasters, warfare, disease, starvation, climate instability, and the displacement of many people from their homes and countries around the world. However, we can do more in practical ways to build topsoil, capture solar energy, enhance carbon and nutrient cycling, and allowing nature and soil biology work for us. Dale’s previous books includeManaging Pasture and The Drought Resilient Farm.

“Obviously, if we are to fix our planet, we need a means of fixing our soil that does not involve a simple transfer of organic matter from one point to another

; we need to figure out how to grow our organic matter in place, and not have to move it around with expensive machinery and fossil fuels.” ~ Dale Strickler – a brief excerpt from The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil.

Strickler, D. (2021). The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil. Storey Publishing. Available to order online at

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