Gadwall nest in fall-seeded cereal rye initiated after planting soybeans in June.

Improving Soil Health and Wildlife Habitat

Soil health practices have become increasingly popular among producers across North and South Dakota, and Ducks Unlimited (DU) is seeking opportunities to develop associated wildlife benefit and provide financial assistance to interested farmers. By incorporating more diversified crop rotations, reducing tillage, and incorporating cover crops, producers can improve soil structure, improve water infiltration and storage, increase organic matter, and increase microbial diversity in their soil. These practices provide economic benefits to farmers by increasing nutrient and water availability to plants and reducing fertilizer loss. They also improve adjacent aquatic habitat by reducing runoff and sedimentation in wetlands and providing other benefits to wildlife. “We’re particularly interested in the use of spring-emerging cover crops like cereal rye. Not only because of the benefits they provide to soil and water, but they can also potential