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Earth sciences professor says soils have lost 50% of native fertility

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* Carson Horn, of Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, contributed to this post.

Iowa encompasses some of the world’s most productive soil. However, the quality and health of such soil has been cut by as much as 50% since we started farming it.

Dr. David Montgomery is known as the man who wrote the book on regenerative agriculture. Dr. Montgomery talks about soils on the Plains which washed away or were blown away during the Dust Bowl. He adds soil on other continents have been farmed without inputs. Dr. Montgomery’s truth is sobering, but comes with dose of hope.

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Dr. David Montgomery, author and professor at the University of Washington, spoke to farmers at the 22nd annual No-till on the Plains winter conference, says soils around the world have been severely degraded due to conventional agricultural practices. In a recent interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network associate farm director Carson Horn, Montgomery says soil degradation has taken on two forms in modern times.

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