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  • 4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2018

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter. And for good reason. While it only makes up a small percentage of most soils, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) says it’s the “very foundation for healthy and productive soils” — and the more organic matter there is, the better the results... Kloot says that while species like grass crops tend to bring more carbon into the soil because they have more biomass, continuously growing grasses without any additional diversity will cause productivity in the soil to go down... ”Kloot recommends including warm- and cool-season grasses, broadleaves and legumes in your rotation...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Nov 2, 2018

    If someone asked you, “How do plants take up the water and nutrients they need?” you’d probably tell them through the roots. But did you know that for many crops, those roots aren’t working alone?That’s because most plant species associate with mycorrhizal fungi. What is mycorrhizal fungi? University of Alberta biological scientist JC Cahill says that mycorrhizas are actually the interaction between a fungus and a plant. Although there are many different types of mycorrhizae, the only one crop farmers need to be concerned about is arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), as 65% of plant species associate with it... Grasses like sorghums, millets, rye, triticale, barley — and oats in particular — are also excellent colonizers...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22

    Many farmers across the U. S. experienced wet weather last growing season... Top Practices: Perennials & Cover CropsBasche and DeLonge’s research discovered the practice that improved water infiltration rates the most was having perennial crops, such as grasses or trees, incorporated into the cropland... The experiments included three types of perennial systems: agroforestry, perennial grasses and managed forestry...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How to Time Cover Crop Termination and Get an Effective Burndown

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 1, 2019

    With May 2018 to April 2019 being the wettest 12-month period on record, according to NOAA, many farmers across the nation were forced to delay planting. In fact, for the first time on record, less than half of corn was planted by May 19, says the USDA. Even by June 2, “both corn and soybean planting were proceeding at a record slow pace. ”For those with cover crops, these wet conditions likely affected their termination plans, causing some to debate whether they should terminate before or after planting... 5 pound acid equivalent (ae) — which would be 22 fluid ounces of Roundup — per acre with appropriate adjuvants should provide good control of most grasses...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Can You Use Legume Cover Crops in Your Peanut Rotation?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 31, 2018

    It’s common knowledge among peanut farmers that the farther out you space your peanut crops in your rotation, the better off the peanuts will be... Avoid Legumes Before Peanuts; Use Grasses InsteadBalkcom believes the rule of avoiding legumes before peanuts also applies to legume cover crops, and points out that the typical intended purpose of growing a legume cover, doesn’t make sense for growing in front a peanut crop anyway... ”Instead, Balkcom recommends farmers use grasses before peanuts, particularly cereal rye... The seven cover crops were:Common vetch (legume)Hairy vetch (legume)White clover (legume)Red clover (legume)Triticale (grass)Wheat (grass)Rye (grass)While there were no significant differences between the two years in the uninfested field, on the infested field, grasses significantly reduced nematode populations and had significantly higher yields than the legume cover crops. While the clovers followed the grasses in reducing nematode populations, the researchers point out they also had a negative impact on peanut yields...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Peanuts

    Grasses like cereal rye are a good species for beginning cover crop users as they grow fast and have fibrous roots. Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

    Early Cover Crop Benefits: What Can You Expect in the First Year?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published May 17, 2018

    In 1995, Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff was speaking at an event when he asked the audience the question: Do cover crops pay off?His thinking at the time was that he had been no-tilling since 1982, and maybe if he no-tilled long enough, he wouldn’t need them. Ray Weil, a soil ecologist with the University of Maryland, happened to hear his question and approached Groff about doing a cover crop study on his farm. It turned into a 12-year project, from 1995 to 2007. It was in 1999, four years into it, Groff got the answer to his question... Best cover crops to begin withFor farmers who are hoping for benefits from the get-go, Kladivko says grasses like cereal rye, wheat or barley, are good ones to start with because they grow faster and have fibrous roots...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Nutrient Stratification Not a Problem in No-Till

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 13, 2018

    A common concern growers may have when they move to a no-till system is nutrient stratification. Without tillage to mix fertilizer into the soil, no-tillers may wonder whether the nutrients applied to the soil surface are reaching the crop roots. According to University of Nebraska Extension engineer Paul Jasa and Ray Ward, plant scientist and founder of Ward Laboratories in Kearney, Neb. , the resounding answer is: yes, they are... While the calcium-magnesium in corn stalks will help slow it, broadleaf covers contain a lot more calcium-magnesium than grasses, which can help slow it even more...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

    Grazing Systems: What types are there?

    By Robert Malmstrom

    Published Mar 9

    A grazing system, when done correctly, can assist rangeland managers in achieving management objectives. They can both boost production as well as reduce their overhead costs. Selection of the proper type of system depends on understanding the unique combination of different aspects that go into range management. Things like the topography, soil type, the particular animal involved have to be balanced in order to get the best results... Your forage grasses will grow back quicker thus choking out any potential weeds...

    Categories: Beef Cattle

    Damages of nematodes on turf

    By Darren Chan

    Published Apr 30, 2019

    In recent years, many growers around the world have recognized an increase in the incidence of turfgrass damage caused by nematodes attacks. The nematode is one of the most plentiful and oldest animals on earth. Although most nematodes are feed on microorganisms or organisms, and many are plant or animal parasites. Plant parasitic nematodes are 0... Roots of turfgrasses exhibit brown-black lesions of various sizes and shapes...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Wheat

    How to control Nematodes?

    By Elvis Wu

    Published Sep 10, 2019

    In recent years, many growers around the world have recognized an increase in the incidence of turfgrass damage caused by nematodes attacks. The nematode is one of the most plentiful and oldest animals on earth. Although most nematodes are feed on microorganisms or organisms, and many are plant or animal parasites. Plant parasitic nematodes are 0... Roots of turfgrasses exhibit brown-black lesions of various sizes and shapes...

    Categories: Agribusiness

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  • 4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2018

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter. And for good reason. While it only makes up a small percentage of most soils, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) says it’s the “very foundation for healthy and productive soils” — and the more organic matter there is, the better the results... Kloot says that while species like grass crops tend to bring more carbon into the soil because they have more biomass, continuously growing grasses without any additional diversity will cause productivity in the soil to go down... ”Kloot recommends including warm- and cool-season grasses, broadleaves and legumes in your rotation...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Nov 2, 2018

    If someone asked you, “How do plants take up the water and nutrients they need?” you’d probably tell them through the roots. But did you know that for many crops, those roots aren’t working alone?That’s because most plant species associate with mycorrhizal fungi. What is mycorrhizal fungi? University of Alberta biological scientist JC Cahill says that mycorrhizas are actually the interaction between a fungus and a plant. Although there are many different types of mycorrhizae, the only one crop farmers need to be concerned about is arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), as 65% of plant species associate with it... Grasses like sorghums, millets, rye, triticale, barley — and oats in particular — are also excellent colonizers...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22

    Many farmers across the U. S. experienced wet weather last growing season... Top Practices: Perennials & Cover CropsBasche and DeLonge’s research discovered the practice that improved water infiltration rates the most was having perennial crops, such as grasses or trees, incorporated into the cropland... The experiments included three types of perennial systems: agroforestry, perennial grasses and managed forestry...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How to Time Cover Crop Termination and Get an Effective Burndown

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 1, 2019

    With May 2018 to April 2019 being the wettest 12-month period on record, according to NOAA, many farmers across the nation were forced to delay planting. In fact, for the first time on record, less than half of corn was planted by May 19, says the USDA. Even by June 2, “both corn and soybean planting were proceeding at a record slow pace. ”For those with cover crops, these wet conditions likely affected their termination plans, causing some to debate whether they should terminate before or after planting... 5 pound acid equivalent (ae) — which would be 22 fluid ounces of Roundup — per acre with appropriate adjuvants should provide good control of most grasses...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Can You Use Legume Cover Crops in Your Peanut Rotation?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 31, 2018

    It’s common knowledge among peanut farmers that the farther out you space your peanut crops in your rotation, the better off the peanuts will be... Avoid Legumes Before Peanuts; Use Grasses InsteadBalkcom believes the rule of avoiding legumes before peanuts also applies to legume cover crops, and points out that the typical intended purpose of growing a legume cover, doesn’t make sense for growing in front a peanut crop anyway... ”Instead, Balkcom recommends farmers use grasses before peanuts, particularly cereal rye... The seven cover crops were:Common vetch (legume)Hairy vetch (legume)White clover (legume)Red clover (legume)Triticale (grass)Wheat (grass)Rye (grass)While there were no significant differences between the two years in the uninfested field, on the infested field, grasses significantly reduced nematode populations and had significantly higher yields than the legume cover crops. While the clovers followed the grasses in reducing nematode populations, the researchers point out they also had a negative impact on peanut yields...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Peanuts

    Grasses like cereal rye are a good species for beginning cover crop users as they grow fast and have fibrous roots. Photo by Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

    Early Cover Crop Benefits: What Can You Expect in the First Year?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published May 17, 2018

    In 1995, Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff was speaking at an event when he asked the audience the question: Do cover crops pay off?His thinking at the time was that he had been no-tilling since 1982, and maybe if he no-tilled long enough, he wouldn’t need them. Ray Weil, a soil ecologist with the University of Maryland, happened to hear his question and approached Groff about doing a cover crop study on his farm. It turned into a 12-year project, from 1995 to 2007. It was in 1999, four years into it, Groff got the answer to his question... Best cover crops to begin withFor farmers who are hoping for benefits from the get-go, Kladivko says grasses like cereal rye, wheat or barley, are good ones to start with because they grow faster and have fibrous roots...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Nutrient Stratification Not a Problem in No-Till

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 13, 2018

    A common concern growers may have when they move to a no-till system is nutrient stratification. Without tillage to mix fertilizer into the soil, no-tillers may wonder whether the nutrients applied to the soil surface are reaching the crop roots. According to University of Nebraska Extension engineer Paul Jasa and Ray Ward, plant scientist and founder of Ward Laboratories in Kearney, Neb. , the resounding answer is: yes, they are... While the calcium-magnesium in corn stalks will help slow it, broadleaf covers contain a lot more calcium-magnesium than grasses, which can help slow it even more...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

    Grazing Systems: What types are there?

    By Robert Malmstrom

    Published Mar 9

    A grazing system, when done correctly, can assist rangeland managers in achieving management objectives. They can both boost production as well as reduce their overhead costs. Selection of the proper type of system depends on understanding the unique combination of different aspects that go into range management. Things like the topography, soil type, the particular animal involved have to be balanced in order to get the best results... Your forage grasses will grow back quicker thus choking out any potential weeds...

    Categories: Beef Cattle

    Damages of nematodes on turf

    By Darren Chan

    Published Apr 30, 2019

    In recent years, many growers around the world have recognized an increase in the incidence of turfgrass damage caused by nematodes attacks. The nematode is one of the most plentiful and oldest animals on earth. Although most nematodes are feed on microorganisms or organisms, and many are plant or animal parasites. Plant parasitic nematodes are 0... Roots of turfgrasses exhibit brown-black lesions of various sizes and shapes...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Wheat

    How to control Nematodes?

    By Elvis Wu

    Published Sep 10, 2019

    In recent years, many growers around the world have recognized an increase in the incidence of turfgrass damage caused by nematodes attacks. The nematode is one of the most plentiful and oldest animals on earth. Although most nematodes are feed on microorganisms or organisms, and many are plant or animal parasites. Plant parasitic nematodes are 0... Roots of turfgrasses exhibit brown-black lesions of various sizes and shapes...

    Categories: Agribusiness

  • Posted By Cover Crops
    May 18, 2018

    https://agfuse.com/article/early-cover-crop-benefits-what-can-you-expect-in-the-first-year-

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    May 17, 2018

    https://agfuse.com/article/early-cover-crop-benefits-what-can-you-expect-in-the-first-year-

    Posted By Debby Cochran
    Aug 4, 2018

    At present we are hand harvesting and cleaning pasture grasses for weaving Bee Skeps. We’re suppling our grasses to a teacher of Skep Weaving in Camas WA.
    This crop is most gratifying to work with. We use to simply brush hog it into the ground. I’ve alwas loved how beatiful and stately these tall grasses stood in our pasture. Now they are honored by being woven into fine housing for honey bees.

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Mar 6

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/9524-mixing-grasses-and-legumes-can-benefit-hot-dry-soils

    Posted By Robert Malmstrom
    Mar 1

    https://www.westtexaslivestockgrowers.com/controlling-pasture-thistle/#more-4773

    Call for applications: Best Practices Award in Sustaining Urban Food Systems

    This category caters for systemic change and much improved access to food by all people while maintaining a strong connection between food production, storage and supply to local, regional and global beneficiaries showing an impact on human settlements.

    Potential applicants are expected to address, among others:

    Climate, energy & biodiversity

    Local community & markets

    Food technology

    Application deadline: 30th April 2020

    Illustration Photo: Minnesota bee keeper, Jim Degiovanni, inspects "Bare Honey" hives outside IMS Solar, a pollinator friendly PV array site in St. Joseph, MN. Early in growth, IMS Solar site uses a diverse mix of pollinator-friendly native flowers and grasses, and is co-located with a collection of beehives. (credits: Dennis Schroeder / NREL / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

    Check more https://adalidda.com/posts/9HtJmdGvtqEbeH6C8/call-for-applications-best-practices-award-in-sustaining

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    Posted By Cattle Group
    Dec 19, 2019

    https://www.farmprogress.com/livestock/different-grazing-strategy-worked

    Posted By Cover Crops
    Oct 28, 2019

    https://www.agriculture.com/crops/cover-crops/short-supply-of-seed-for-cover-crops
    EU Call for Proposals: Healthy soils for healthy food production

    The proposals shall analyse soil remediation strategies and assess sustainable use of fertilizers for agricultural production including social-economic and environmental aspects. The evaluation of tools and methods for increasing the quality of soils and of food produced is included in the scope. Proposals shall also address land degradation aspects and prevention of further degradation. They shall cover the evaluation of agricultural systems (e.g. organic farming, agro-ecology, agroforestry) and their suitability to achieve a good status of soils for sustainable food production. The proposals shall build on the past projects financed under the EU-China cooperation on soil.

    Application Deadline: 22 January 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

    Illustration Photo: Planting native warm season grasses in an agroforestry area (credits: uacescomm / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Oct 4, 2019

    https://www.farmprogress.com/usda/can-paper-waste-be-used-increase-plant-growth