Improving soil health leads to improved crop yields


In Michigan, new research from Michigan State University suggests that crop yields and the global food supply chain can be preserved by harnessing the critical, and often overlooked, partner in food supply – soil.

The soil research led by MSU Foundation Professor Bruno Basso is the first of its kind to provide critical insight to the importance of soil in managing risks associated with climate change. “The long-term sustainability of agricultural systems strongly depends on how we use soil,” Basso said. “This research proves that with the application of innovation through better soil management, we’re one step closer to preserving our food supply and mitigating the effect that climate change and global warming has on our lives.”

By learning how to scientifically harness, protect and improve the soil’s health, Basso’s findings prove that crop yields can continue at current production levels or even improve – especially if coupled with adaptive farming practices.