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  • Soil Health Vs. Soil Fertility

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 2 years, 7 months ago

    In the 52 Weeks of Agronomy Series I've been posting on my website, I took a week and explained this agronomist's take on soil health vs. soil fertility. To read the article and get caught up on the rest of the series follow along at News | The Accidental Agronomist I spoke at a conference in front of 200 farmers and used the term, custom soil fertility programs. At the time I was working as a sales agronomist for a fertilizer company that offered custom fertilizer recommendations based on a farmer’s soil tests... After my talk, I headed back to my table to see a line of guys with soil tests in their hands...

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published 9 months ago

    FARM WALKS WITH THE SOIL FARMERS OF THE YEAR 2018The winners of the FCCT Soil Farmer of the Year competition opened their gates over four days and provided a veritable masterclass in managing soils. Spanning a range of soil types, management systems and enterprises, attending farmers gained insights into their award winning management and a better understanding as to why these farms had been picked as the top three in this year’s competition. The Soil Farmer of the Year Competition, now in its third year, is run by the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit and Innovation for Agriculture. The competition aims to find farmers and growers who are engaged with, and passionate about managing their soils in a way which supports productive agriculture, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and builds soil health, organic matter and ultimately, carbon... Simon has been working on improving his soils for the last 20 years, and moved to a notill system 12 years ago, being flexible with both management and rotations to prioritise soil health...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Joe Soiler India, Maharashtra, Pune

    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Dairy

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter... 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. Consider the following findings from SARE and the NRCS:A study of soils in Michigan demonstrated potential crop-yield increases of about 12% for every 1% organic matter... One percent of organic matter in the top 6 inches of soil holds approximately 27,000 gallons of water per acre... When North Carolina corn yield champion Russell Hedrick increased his soil organic matter from 2...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 7 months ago

    While there are numerous reasons for using cover crops, a primary one is improving soil health. In fact, it’s the one benefit most farmers using cover crops have experienced: In the most recent Cover Crop Survey Annual Report, of those who rated the statement, “Using cover crops has improved soil health on my farm,” 86% agreed or strongly agreed. The report notes that it’s interesting and heartening that “soil health reflects an embrace of a long-term, hard-to-quantify benefit of cover crops, and that for the past two surveys, it has achieved the top spot by garnering 86% of the responses. ”While soil health may be harder to quantify than benefits like biomass production or input savings, there are ways of measuring how cover crops are making a difference in your soil... Reduced ErosionProtecting soil from wind and water erosion is a common reason growers begin using cover crops...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    soil crumb structure

    What’s the Crumb structure in soil?

    By Darren Chan

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    First of all,let us understand the soil structureThe soil is a porous system... The solid material in the soil includes both mineral and organic matter. The liquid part refers to the moisture of the soil,which is preserved and moved between the pores of the soil and is the most active part of the soil. The gas part refers to the air of the soil and it is filled with pores that are not occupied by moisture... Crumb structure is a type of soil structure in which the structural units or peds have a spheroidal or crumb shape...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Specialty/Vegetable

    Mechanism of Trichoderma as soil conditioner

    By Darren Chan

    Published 8 months ago

    Nowadays, the rate of China’s fertilizer utilization is relatively low, a large number of the fertilizer is loss or solidified in the soil. This situation has led to many soil problems, such as salinization, hardening and acidification conditions. Why trichoderma can help soil build good conditionTrichoderma can improve soil structure. The hyphae and other substance reproduced by trichoderma can be used as a cementing material to help soil build a stable granular structure, which is porous & full of nutrition. Soil aggregate structure can balance the contradiction between water and nutrients...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Organic

    Why is soil salinization a problem?

    By Darren Chan

    Published 2 months ago

    What’s Soil SalinizationSoil salinization is one of the most vital soil problems for agricultural production... Soil salinization usually occurs in arid areas, In these areas, soluble salt ions accumulate in the soil. In these areas where plant growth requires irrigation, the Evaporation and transpiration process leaves salt in the soil. At the beginning, salt will reduces soil productivity and limits crop yields. As the salt content increases, it kills the vegetation and soil microorganism...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Wheat

    Know your soil

    By Dwight Henry

    Published 1 years, 2 months ago

    The most powerful information every farmer can harbor is the knowledge of his soil, and how they use this knowledge will decide the outcome of the season. Today conducting soil analysis is one way of accomplishing that, but what other options do you have during the growing season to stay proactive... Combine with other in-crop nutrient maps and/or soil maps to get a full layered picture of information... What if you wanted to monitor your crops during the growing season then Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index SAVI was developed as a modification of the NDVI to correct for the influence of soil brightness... Early growth stage analysis is recommended when there are clearly separated rows or plants and where soil is very apparent...

    3 ways to build soil crumb structure by yourself?

    By Darren Chan

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Continuous cropping causes symptoms of deficiency in soilField crops have a long reproductive cycle... However,whether the same crop or vegetable is grown on the same land for a long or short period,it will absorb more elements, and the element in the soil will be in short supply. Some will also lead to changes in the pH of the soil,and the availability of certain elements in the soil will also decrease... Serious harm of pests and Pathogens in soilThe common diseases in continuous cropping fields are infectious diseases and viruses;the pests are mainly nematodes... They can live in the soil for many years and occur when conditions are suitable...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Organic

  • Joe Soiler India, Maharashtra, Pune

    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Dairy

    Marc Suderman United States, WA, Yakima

    Business Title: Marc Suderman Consulting
    Job Title: Certified Crop Adviser
    About: Independent soil & crop nutritionist, consultant, contractor and tech-rep. Uses the Albrecht method for soil nutrient balance and health, with emphasis on microbiology and “plant-ready” nutrients. Twenty years of experience in the San Joaquin valley of California, now relocated to central Washington. Serving growers in the PNW and northern CA.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Specialty/Vegetable, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Agribusiness, Grapes

    Harland Peterson United States, SD, Britton

    Business Title: Soil Conservation District
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington

    Mark Smith United States, ME, Unity

    Business Title: DirigoAg, LLC
    Job Title: Owner
    Interests: Specialty/Vegetable, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness, Hemp, Soil, Water

    Mike Imhoff United States, IL, Murphysboro

    Business Title: Imhoff Farms
    Job Title: Owner
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Marketing, Agribusiness, Triticale Barley, Soil Health

    Diane Stott United States, IN, West Lafayette

    Interests: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Soil Health

    Will Brinton United States, ME, Augusta

    Interests: Cover Crops, Organic, Soil Health

    Paul Saucier United States, SC, Isle of Palms

    Interests: Specialty/Vegetable, Ag Issues in Washington, Organic, Agribusiness

  • Fertility And Soils

    Public
    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops

    #SoilMatters

    Public
    Soil and everything in it is the focus here. Crop Nutritionists and CCAs know that growing a crop is more than planting, watering and applying fertilizer. It requires testing, planning, monitoring and adjusting the plan as needed.
    Interest: Corn, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    Precision Ag

    Public
    GPS, precision soil sampling, UAV\\\'s (drones) data acquisition and management, etc
    Interest: Precision Ag

    Direct Driller Magazine

    Public
    Direct Driller is a magazine from the UK, designed by farmers for farmers to educate and inform the industry about systems of reduced cultivation and soil health. Sign up to receive your copy.
    Interest: Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Cover Crops

  • Soil Health Vs. Soil Fertility

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 2 years, 7 months ago

    In the 52 Weeks of Agronomy Series I've been posting on my website, I took a week and explained this agronomist's take on soil health vs. soil fertility. To read the article and get caught up on the rest of the series follow along at News | The Accidental Agronomist I spoke at a conference in front of 200 farmers and used the term, custom soil fertility programs. At the time I was working as a sales agronomist for a fertilizer company that offered custom fertilizer recommendations based on a farmer’s soil tests... After my talk, I headed back to my table to see a line of guys with soil tests in their hands...

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published 9 months ago

    FARM WALKS WITH THE SOIL FARMERS OF THE YEAR 2018The winners of the FCCT Soil Farmer of the Year competition opened their gates over four days and provided a veritable masterclass in managing soils. Spanning a range of soil types, management systems and enterprises, attending farmers gained insights into their award winning management and a better understanding as to why these farms had been picked as the top three in this year’s competition. The Soil Farmer of the Year Competition, now in its third year, is run by the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit and Innovation for Agriculture. The competition aims to find farmers and growers who are engaged with, and passionate about managing their soils in a way which supports productive agriculture, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and builds soil health, organic matter and ultimately, carbon... Simon has been working on improving his soils for the last 20 years, and moved to a notill system 12 years ago, being flexible with both management and rotations to prioritise soil health...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter... 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. Consider the following findings from SARE and the NRCS:A study of soils in Michigan demonstrated potential crop-yield increases of about 12% for every 1% organic matter... One percent of organic matter in the top 6 inches of soil holds approximately 27,000 gallons of water per acre... When North Carolina corn yield champion Russell Hedrick increased his soil organic matter from 2...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 7 months ago

    While there are numerous reasons for using cover crops, a primary one is improving soil health. In fact, it’s the one benefit most farmers using cover crops have experienced: In the most recent Cover Crop Survey Annual Report, of those who rated the statement, “Using cover crops has improved soil health on my farm,” 86% agreed or strongly agreed. The report notes that it’s interesting and heartening that “soil health reflects an embrace of a long-term, hard-to-quantify benefit of cover crops, and that for the past two surveys, it has achieved the top spot by garnering 86% of the responses. ”While soil health may be harder to quantify than benefits like biomass production or input savings, there are ways of measuring how cover crops are making a difference in your soil... Reduced ErosionProtecting soil from wind and water erosion is a common reason growers begin using cover crops...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    soil crumb structure

    What’s the Crumb structure in soil?

    By Darren Chan

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    First of all,let us understand the soil structureThe soil is a porous system... The solid material in the soil includes both mineral and organic matter. The liquid part refers to the moisture of the soil,which is preserved and moved between the pores of the soil and is the most active part of the soil. The gas part refers to the air of the soil and it is filled with pores that are not occupied by moisture... Crumb structure is a type of soil structure in which the structural units or peds have a spheroidal or crumb shape...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Specialty/Vegetable

    Mechanism of Trichoderma as soil conditioner

    By Darren Chan

    Published 8 months ago

    Nowadays, the rate of China’s fertilizer utilization is relatively low, a large number of the fertilizer is loss or solidified in the soil. This situation has led to many soil problems, such as salinization, hardening and acidification conditions. Why trichoderma can help soil build good conditionTrichoderma can improve soil structure. The hyphae and other substance reproduced by trichoderma can be used as a cementing material to help soil build a stable granular structure, which is porous & full of nutrition. Soil aggregate structure can balance the contradiction between water and nutrients...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Organic

    Why is soil salinization a problem?

    By Darren Chan

    Published 2 months ago

    What’s Soil SalinizationSoil salinization is one of the most vital soil problems for agricultural production... Soil salinization usually occurs in arid areas, In these areas, soluble salt ions accumulate in the soil. In these areas where plant growth requires irrigation, the Evaporation and transpiration process leaves salt in the soil. At the beginning, salt will reduces soil productivity and limits crop yields. As the salt content increases, it kills the vegetation and soil microorganism...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Wheat

    Know your soil

    By Dwight Henry

    Published 1 years, 2 months ago

    The most powerful information every farmer can harbor is the knowledge of his soil, and how they use this knowledge will decide the outcome of the season. Today conducting soil analysis is one way of accomplishing that, but what other options do you have during the growing season to stay proactive... Combine with other in-crop nutrient maps and/or soil maps to get a full layered picture of information... What if you wanted to monitor your crops during the growing season then Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index SAVI was developed as a modification of the NDVI to correct for the influence of soil brightness... Early growth stage analysis is recommended when there are clearly separated rows or plants and where soil is very apparent...

    3 ways to build soil crumb structure by yourself?

    By Darren Chan

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Continuous cropping causes symptoms of deficiency in soilField crops have a long reproductive cycle... However,whether the same crop or vegetable is grown on the same land for a long or short period,it will absorb more elements, and the element in the soil will be in short supply. Some will also lead to changes in the pH of the soil,and the availability of certain elements in the soil will also decrease... Serious harm of pests and Pathogens in soilThe common diseases in continuous cropping fields are infectious diseases and viruses;the pests are mainly nematodes... They can live in the soil for many years and occur when conditions are suitable...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Organic

    Chitosan & mycorrhiza complement each other for soil healthy

    By Darren Chan

    Published 8 months ago

    Researchers are studying the effects of chitosan on mycorrhiza. Good effects on mycorrhizal and root systems of related plants can be observed, leading to healthier crops growth and fruiting. The enzyme-resistant enzymes (chitinase) produced by plants are particularly effective against the phytopathogenic fungi cell wall, but they don’t have such function against the cell wall of mycorrhiza. It would be no harmful increase in the mycorrhiza, chitinase after observing the soil chitosan-treated... Chitosan is aimed to improving the soil living conditions against soil-borne pathogens...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Dairy

  • Posted By Laura Barrera
    12 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/what-farmers-need-to-know-about-mycorrhizae

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    1 years, 3 months ago

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/to-feed-the-world-sustainably-repair-the-soil/

    Posted By Mark Smith
    1 years, 4 months ago

    Spent the better part of the day collecting soil samples from the field. In what other job do you get visitors like this?

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    1 years, 5 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/how-yield-champions-use-cover-crops-for-growing-higher-bushels

    Posted By Amanda Allworth
    1 years, 3 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/million-dollar-dirt

    Posted By Gill Costa
    2 years, 4 months ago

    http://agfax.com/2017/06/13/nebraska-irrigation-3-reasons-to-use-sensors-tips-for-proper-installation/

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    1 years, 4 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/should-you-rotate-your-cover-crops-4-issues-to-consider

    Posted By The Crossover
    2 years, 6 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/what-the-intelligent-investor-can-teach-us-about-farming

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    7 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/7-ways-to-measure-soil-health-improvements

    Posted By Amanda Allworth
    1 years, 4 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/pencil-out-fungicide-profitability