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  • Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published Jan 19, 2019  

    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...

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    Soil Borne Diseases | Define Causes & Control

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 28  

    Soil Borne Diseases, mainly plant pathogens living in the soil with crop residue... The reason for the aggravation of soil-borne diseases is the formation of the dominant population of pathogenic bacteria in soil and the reduction of beneficial microorganisms... The fungus is the leading cause of soil-borne diseases... Causes of Soil Borne Diseases1. Continuous CroppingDue to the long time’s continuous cropping, the root exudates of continuous cropping and some pathogenic microorganisms accumulate in the soil...

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    Soil Health Vs. Soil Fertility

    By Monica Pape

    Published Mar 20, 2018  

    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...

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    Soil factors that affect yield variability in corn production

    By Mario Petkovski

    Updated Aug 1  

    Data derived from annual USDA-NASS Crop Production ReportsEvery farmer's dream is to have a field that contains fertile soil, sufficient nutrient content, and a right balance between beneficial and harmful microorganisms and insects... Spatial variability refers to the difference in the yield of certain areas in the same field due to unequal characteristics of soil, plants, and terrain. Factors affecting corn yield variability:Soil textureThe percentage of sand, gravel, and clay in the soil determines its texture. With the help of a simple manual technique, one can quickly identify the soil texture in a specific field. Different texture in spatial distribution differently affects corn yield through variations in nutrient capacity and availability, water capacity and transport, binding or decomposition of pesticides, as well as soil stability itself to different destructive forces...

    Categories: Corn

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    An Oregon wetland resource manager examines a soil core sample. Proper soil sampling should accurately capture the variability of a field and provide useful data for input and management decisions. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA ARS.

    How to Create the Most Effective Soil Sampling Program

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Oct 1  

    , now is a good time to prepare for your soil sampling program. Most universities and the NRCS recommend taking soil samples in the off-season, after the last crop harvest, and before the next cash crop is planted... But before you can grab your soil probe and head out to the field, you need to understand best soil sampling practices and have a plan of action for collecting your samples, so you can accurately capture the soil chemistry and variability of your fields. Poor soil sampling practices can result in incorrect data, which can end up costing you in either inputs or yield. “The foundation of understanding or making an appropriate recommendation comes from having a representative soil sample,” says Jason Ackerson, a Purdue University soil scientist...

    Categories: Precision Agriculture, Soil Health

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    Joe Soiler India, Maharashtra, Pune

    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Dairy

    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... 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...

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    Why is soil salinization a problem?

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 21, 2019  

    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. In the beginning, the salt will reduce soil productivity and limit crop yields. As the salt content increases, it kills the vegetation and soil microorganism...

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    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22  

    One way to help manage these high rainfall events is to improve soil water infiltration — the faster it can enter the soil, the less likely it will pond or run off the farm, taking valuable soil and nutrients with it... ”The second most influential practice was cover crops, which the meta-analysis found improved soil water infiltration by an average 35%... Basche and DeLonge also noted there was evidence that cover crops had a greater impact on water infiltration rates in coarsely textured soils with higher sand content and less clay... Basche adds that it’s important to note that with an analysis like this, it can be hard to find general patterns about how much the environment, such as soil types, impacts the results. “You are limited by what studies are included in your database, which do not represent a full distribution of soils and environments,” she explains...

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    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019  

    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

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  • Joe Soiler India, Maharashtra, Pune

    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, 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, Vegetables, Precision Agriculture, Irrigation, Agribusiness, Ag Policy, Cover Crops, Grapes

    George St United States, MO, Chillicothe

    Job Title: Farmer, Landowner
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Beef, Fertility, Crop Protection, Soil Health, Marketing, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Taxes, Purchasing, Hunting

    H Grant Troop United States, PA, Oxford

    Job Title: Farmer, Crop Consultant
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Soil Health, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News

    Joel Prevost United States, MN, Minneapolis

    Job Title: Farmer's Spouse or Family Member
    Interests: Beef, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Precision Agriculture, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Tools, Projects, Cover Crops, Soil Health, Wheat

  • Fertility And Soils

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    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, NRCS

    #SoilMatters

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    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, Vegetables, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    Precision Ag

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

    Direct Driller Magazine

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    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, Vegetables, Cover Crops

  • Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published Jan 19, 2019  

    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...

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    Soil Borne Diseases | Define Causes & Control

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 28  

    Soil Borne Diseases, mainly plant pathogens living in the soil with crop residue... The reason for the aggravation of soil-borne diseases is the formation of the dominant population of pathogenic bacteria in soil and the reduction of beneficial microorganisms... The fungus is the leading cause of soil-borne diseases... Causes of Soil Borne Diseases1. Continuous CroppingDue to the long time’s continuous cropping, the root exudates of continuous cropping and some pathogenic microorganisms accumulate in the soil...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Organic Row Crops

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    Soil Health Vs. Soil Fertility

    By Monica Pape

    Published Mar 20, 2018  

    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...

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    Soil factors that affect yield variability in corn production

    By Mario Petkovski

    Updated Aug 1  

    Data derived from annual USDA-NASS Crop Production ReportsEvery farmer's dream is to have a field that contains fertile soil, sufficient nutrient content, and a right balance between beneficial and harmful microorganisms and insects... Spatial variability refers to the difference in the yield of certain areas in the same field due to unequal characteristics of soil, plants, and terrain. Factors affecting corn yield variability:Soil textureThe percentage of sand, gravel, and clay in the soil determines its texture. With the help of a simple manual technique, one can quickly identify the soil texture in a specific field. Different texture in spatial distribution differently affects corn yield through variations in nutrient capacity and availability, water capacity and transport, binding or decomposition of pesticides, as well as soil stability itself to different destructive forces...

    Categories: Corn

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    An Oregon wetland resource manager examines a soil core sample. Proper soil sampling should accurately capture the variability of a field and provide useful data for input and management decisions. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA ARS.

    How to Create the Most Effective Soil Sampling Program

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Oct 1  

    , now is a good time to prepare for your soil sampling program. Most universities and the NRCS recommend taking soil samples in the off-season, after the last crop harvest, and before the next cash crop is planted... But before you can grab your soil probe and head out to the field, you need to understand best soil sampling practices and have a plan of action for collecting your samples, so you can accurately capture the soil chemistry and variability of your fields. Poor soil sampling practices can result in incorrect data, which can end up costing you in either inputs or yield. “The foundation of understanding or making an appropriate recommendation comes from having a representative soil sample,” says Jason Ackerson, a Purdue University soil scientist...

    Categories: Precision Agriculture, Soil Health

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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... 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

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    Why is soil salinization a problem?

    By Darren Chan

    Published Aug 21, 2019  

    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. In the beginning, the salt will reduce soil productivity and limit crop yields. As the salt content increases, it kills the vegetation and soil microorganism...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Wheat

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    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22  

    One way to help manage these high rainfall events is to improve soil water infiltration — the faster it can enter the soil, the less likely it will pond or run off the farm, taking valuable soil and nutrients with it... ”The second most influential practice was cover crops, which the meta-analysis found improved soil water infiltration by an average 35%... Basche and DeLonge also noted there was evidence that cover crops had a greater impact on water infiltration rates in coarsely textured soils with higher sand content and less clay... Basche adds that it’s important to note that with an analysis like this, it can be hard to find general patterns about how much the environment, such as soil types, impacts the results. “You are limited by what studies are included in your database, which do not represent a full distribution of soils and environments,” she explains...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019  

    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

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    soil crumb structure

    What’s the Crumb structure in soil?

    By Darren Chan

    Published Jul 4, 2018  

    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, Vegetables

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  • Posted By Rodney Michael
    18 hours ago  

    4 SOIL HEALTH PRACTICES FOR BOOSTING THE BOTTOM LINE -
    https://www.agriculture.com/crops/soil-health/4-soil-health-practices-for-boosting-the-bottom-line

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    Posted By Farmers Under Forty
    Nov 25  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/10173-soil-sampling-in-the-big-data-era

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 24  

    https://www.farmprogress.com/commentary/why-you-should-leave-soil-untouched-over-winter

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 23  

    https://agfuse.com/article/what-farmers-need-to-know-about-mycorrhizae
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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 18  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/10083-building-a-case-for-the-economic-benefits-of-improving-soil-health

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 13  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/10082-breaking-through-to-the-root-cause-of-compacted-soil
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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Nov 10  

    https://www.agupdate.com/agriview/news/crop/cover-crops-manure-feed-soil/article_3b17e2e2-1c5b-5940-84c3-55300f2447ec.html

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 3  

    https://phys.org/news/2020-10-farming-soil-health-vary-region.html

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 2  

    https://www.hpj.com/crops/soil-health-data-is-crucial-to-decision-making/article_32a3b030-1533-11eb-8e95-ff4056c044cd.html

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Oct 30  

    https://www.farmprogress.com/crops/5-benefits-planting-pollinator-plots

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