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[Podcast] Covers Can Help Mitigate Soilborne Diseases

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Bob Larkin, a plant pathologist with USDA ARS based in Maine. Larkin will discuss which soilborne diseases are impacted by cover crops, which cover crop species are better at mitigating soilborne diseases, how geography affects how cover crops work against soilborne diseases, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Bob Larkin, a plant pathologist with USDA ARS based in Maine. Larkin will discuss which soilborne diseases are impacted by cover crops, which cover crop species are better at mitigating soilborne diseases, how geography affects how cover crops work against soilborne diseases, 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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Auburn University Receives Grant to Study Cover Crops, Other Conservation Practices

The grants are designed to help partners implement and evaluate innovative approaches that have demonstrated conservation benefits on farmland. These conservation practices are sorely needed on Alabama farms for several reasons, said Rishi Prasad, assistant professor and Alabama Extension specialist in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and leader of the research project. Read more in this article from Southeast AgNet.
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USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020, are due Oct. 31, 2020.
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Attend the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. The 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 5-6, in Omaha, Neb., offers a mix of thought-provoking general sessions featuring top experts; profit-boosting Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities, and interactive farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables.

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