Soil Health Tip
It is estimated that in agricultural soils, more than 1,000 arthropod legs support your every step.
Arthropods increase nutrient cycling by taking the role of the soil nutrient can-openers. They break down plant residues similar to opening canned food so other soil microbes can begin to eat. As these plant residues are broken down, nutrients are excreted ready for plants to use. Many soil arthropods also eat or compete with various root and foliage pests. In order to encourage these beneficial bugs to stick around be sure that there is good soil foodweb diversity for them to munch on. This can be accomplished by reducing tillage and planting diverse crops.