The Soil Conservation Council of Canada is highlighting the environmental benefits from good soil health.
Waseca area farmer Tim Nerbas is the vice chair of the Soil Conservation Council.
He says good farming practises can store carbon in the soil.
Nerbas adds agriculture can help Canada meet carbon emission targets under various international agreements.
Nerbas says reducing or eliminating tillage, as well as continuous cropping is helping to build carbon reserves in the soil.
The Soil Conservation Council is encouraging farmers to conduct their own experiment to evaluate the microbial health of their soil.
The “Soil Your Undies” campaign has farmers burying a pair of cotton undergarments in the soil to see how the material decomposes over a period of months.
Farmers can see after several months in various areas of the field if the cotton has degraded from healthy soil organisms.
The idea has even captured the imagination of the corporate sector.
Underwear maker Stanfield is a sponsor of the “Soil Your Undies” campaign.