Soil Health

Turning Soil Test Results Into Action

Healthy soil is essential to agriculture, but it can be tricky to adequately assess soil health test results, which are influenced by biology, chemistry, fertility, time of sampling, timing of farming and other variables. That’s why the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is developing a user-friendly, online tool to help farmers and agronomists easily interpret their soil health test results and convert them into an action plan. Read more in this article from the Iowa Soybean Association.
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Sustainability Drives Innovation for Dairy Farms

Dairy farmers are working extra hard not only to produce the milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products Wisconsin is known for, but to do so sustainably to keep our air and waterways clean. Two farms, Ripp’s Dairy Valley in the Town of Dane and Endres Berryridge Farm in the Town of Springfield, to learn about conservation practices farmers employ to keep nutrient rich soils in place, prevent stormwater runoff and manage manure. Read more in this article from the Waunakee Tribune (Waunakee, WI).
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[Video] Basics of Determining Soil Health

In this video from Iowa State University Extension, find out what tools you need to conduct a visual assessment of soil health, why assessing soil health should be done over time, where soil health should be evaluated in a field, and more.
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Healthy Land, Happy Frogs

Meet John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik, first-generation farmers in Hawthorne, Fla., who practice organic, small-scale, sustainable growing practices and sell directly to their customers. The couple founded Frog Song Organics on six acres in 2011. Read more in this article from the Aberdeen News (Aberdeen, SD).
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Soil Health Enhanced by Cover Crops

Fall harvest has started but farmers also need to think about planting cover crops. USDA-SARE publication (10 Ways Cover Crops Enhance Soil Health) states “Cover crops lead to better soil health and potentially better farm profits.” Here is a 10-point summary from Ohio's Country Journal.
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[Podcast] Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Quality

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features an interview with Nathan Johanning, Commercial Agriculture Educator, University of Illinois. Johanning discusses the soil health benefits provided by cover crops, challenges growers may encounter when using covers to improve soil quality, how cover crops enhance the physical and biological properties of soil, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features an interview with Nathan Johanning, Commercial Agriculture Educator, University of Illinois. Johanning discusses the soil health benefits provided by cover crops, challenges growers may encounter when using covers to improve soil quality, how cover crops enhance the physical and biological properties of soil, and more.
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Understanding the Haney Soil Test

The Haney soil health test, named for U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Rick Haney, includes more than a dozen different soil-test values. Those include standard macro- and micro-nutrients for plant consumption, but what’s different about the Haney test is that it also estimates nutrients for microbial consumption, focusing on how much carbon and nitrogen is in the soil. Read more in this article from KMA.
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Covers are Integral for Vegetable Growers

Cover crops can be integral to a vegetable grower’s production cycle for a number of reasons, including soil erosion reduction, weed control, and more. A new research project backed by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) aims to dig a little deeper by quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of cover crops across different organic vegetable production systems in Florida. Read more in this article from Growing Produce.
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Attend the Fall 2020 Virtual National Cover Crop Summit

Join the editors of Cover Crop Strategies and today's leading cover crop experts Nov. 17-18 for 2-days of productive online learning and networking during the third National Cover Crop Summit. This free-to-attend online event will deliver practical cover cropping ideas and advice to meet your specific needs.

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