Soil Erosion: What Causes It and How Can You Prevent It?

Soil Erosion: What Causes It and How Can You Prevent It?


Every farm and ranch is dependent on good quality topsoil. Without it, farmers can’t cultivate healthy crops and ranchers can’t maintain suitable grazing lands for their livestock. Because of this, it’s important for all agri-business owners to understand the causes of soil erosion and best practices in preventing it.


Understanding the Causes of Soil Erosion

Soil erosion naturally occurs in all landscapes. On farms, it’s most often the result of the natural forces of running water and wind, as well as farming activities that strip the land of vegetation. Soil erosion by water often occurs during short-duration, but high-intensity thunderstorms. This is particularly noticeable if the land is sloped, allowing the rush of water to easily carry the sediment down the slope. Soil erosion by wind is more likely to occur if the land has been stripped of vegetation, such as from farming practices like tillage. And of course, the longer the land remains bare of vegetation, the greater the risk is of significant soil erosion.


Reducing the Risk of Soil Erosion

It isn’t possible to completely halt the process of soil erosion. However, you can significantly curtail it by engaging in good land stewardship practices. When land loses large amounts of vegetation, farmers should re-seed the land as soon as possible. If the land needs to be rested before being re-seeded with crops, then farmers can plant cover crops to replenish the soil and prevent erosion. Another effective way to reduce soil erosion is to install fences designed to reduce soil migration. These are typically low silt fences that counteract storm water runoff and soil erosion.

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