Soil Health

This topic is dedicated to providing information about how various cover crop species and varieties improve soil biology and soil health to help growers meet their production and environmental goals. Explanations of soil health processes, terminology and trends will also be shared here to provide a greater understanding of the link between cover crops and improved soil biology.

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Cover Crops Can Promote Long-Term Asparagus Crop

Longevity is a hallmark with an asparagus crop, and once the plants are in the soil they can keep producing for 20 years or more. Preparing for the perennial crop to remain productive for such a long stretch is imperative, and it all begins with increasing the organic matter in soil before the asparagus roots take hold. Read more in this article from Lancaster Farming.
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[Podcast] California Vineyards Using Cover Crops to Sequester Carbon

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Miguel Garcia, Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager with the Napa County Resource Conservation District in California.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Miguel Garcia, Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager with the Napa County Resource Conservation District in California.
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Soil Health, Cover Crops Can Improve Asparagus Crop

Longevity is a hallmark with an asparagus crop, and once the plants are in the soil they can keep producing for 20 years or more. Preparing for the perennial crop to remain productive for such a long stretch is imperative, and it all begins with increasing the organic matter in soil before the asparagus roots take hold. Read more in this article from Lancaster Farming.
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[Podcast] Slugs Will Go After Cover Crops, Too

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Liz Bosak, an Extension Educator with Penn State University. Bosak will discuss when during the growing season to look out for slugs, how slugs damage cash crops and cover crops, the weather conditions slugs prefer, and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Bio Till Cover Crops, features Liz Bosak, an Extension Educator with Penn State University. Bosak will discuss when during the growing season to look out for slugs, how slugs damage cash crops and cover crops, the weather conditions slugs prefer, and more.
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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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Soil Health & Earthworms

According to a 2001 paper (Land degradation: an overview), it is estimated that the total annual cost of erosion from agriculture in the USA is about $44 billion per year, i.e. about $100 per acre of cropland and pasture. On a global scale, the annual loss of 75 billion tons of soil costs the world about $400 billion per year, or approximately $70 per person per year (Eswaran, H., et. al. 2001). Read more in this article from the Capital Journal (Pierre, SD).
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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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