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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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    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...

    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 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

    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

    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

    Trichoderma harzianum effects on control soil pathogens

    By Darren Chan

    Published Mar 25, 2019

    Here we would like to introduce trichoderma‘s effect on control soil pathogens. Trichoderma grows on the surface of roots, where it provides disease control and enhances root growth. Its spores survive in the soil, but the food it lives on is mostly secreted from the root surface. Since the fungus multiplies on its own, it is different from seed-applied fungicides. First, only a little needs to be applied because it will grow to continually cover the roots...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Marketing

    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

    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, Specialty/Vegetable

    Mechanism of Trichoderma as soil conditioner

    By Darren Chan

    Published Mar 1, 2019

    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

  • 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

    Kurt Lawton United States, MN, Eden Prairie

    Business Title: Stellar Content LLC
    Job Title: Owner
    About: Longtime ag writer/editor/photographer. My overriding goal -- help farm business owners/managers think differently about their crop production, precision technology, data management, soil health and sustainability practices to achieve greater investment return and satisfaction in their professional and personal lives.
    Interests: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Organic, Precision Ag, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef Cattle, Hogs

    Peg Cook United States, NY, Lowville

    Business Title: Retired
    About: I am a retired Agronomist of about 50 years that still has a passion for soils. Love to help Farmers and Farms of all sizes usecommon sense principles concerning soil questions and soil tests. I owned my own business, Cooks Consulting, for 33 yrs. before retiring due to major health issues, (heart failure and diabetes and more). I also ran my own soil test lab for 20 yrs. before having to close
    Interests: Corn, Specialty/Vegetable, Dairy, Cover Crops, Organic, Agribusiness, Alfalfa, Grasses

    Kenny Neel United States, AL, Opelika

    About: Owner of the Collect-N-GO probeless soil sampling tool and the SummitGold products dealer for the Southeastern US. SummitGold provides high quality specialized crop in-put products and soil and plant fertility guidence. SummitGold products include soil/plant bio-stimulants, organic acids, liquid fertilizers for in-furrow and foliar application, microbial spore packages, and others.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Agribusiness, Sod, Citrus, Pecans

    Kenny Neel United States, AL, Opelika

    Business Title: Collect -N-GO
    About: Developer of an innovative soil sample collection power kit to maximize soil sampling efforts in a fraction of the time it takes using a traditional soil probe.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Aaron Smith United States, CA, Oxnard

    Business Title: AGQ USA Inc.
    Job Title: Agronomy Business Development
    About: Using every platform I can to spread the word about AGQ Labs. We are a soil, water, plant tissue, pesticide residue testing lab located in Oxnard CA. We specialize in precision agriculture and are well versed in nutritional programs for a variety of crops. Take a look at our website at: www.agq.com.es/en
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Specialty/Vegetable, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Agribusiness, Permanent Crops

    Chad Christianson United States, NE, Fremont

    Business Title: CDC Farms
    About: Never-Till Farmer that has seed corn production, commercial corn, soybeans, wheat, cover crops, soil biology and soil health. It all starts will the soil and the life within it!
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef Cattle, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Marketing

  • 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 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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    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...

    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

    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

    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

    Trichoderma harzianum effects on control soil pathogens

    By Darren Chan

    Published Mar 25, 2019

    Here we would like to introduce trichoderma‘s effect on control soil pathogens. Trichoderma grows on the surface of roots, where it provides disease control and enhances root growth. Its spores survive in the soil, but the food it lives on is mostly secreted from the root surface. Since the fungus multiplies on its own, it is different from seed-applied fungicides. First, only a little needs to be applied because it will grow to continually cover the roots...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Marketing

    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

    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, Specialty/Vegetable

    Mechanism of Trichoderma as soil conditioner

    By Darren Chan

    Published Mar 1, 2019

    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

    Trichoderma's advantages on control soil pathogens

    By Darren Chan

    Published Mar 25, 2019

    Here we would like to introduce trichoderma‘s effect on control soil pathogens. Trichoderma grows on the surface of roots, where it provides disease control and enhances root growth. Its spores survive in the soil, but the food it lives on is mostly secreted from the root surface. Since the fungus multiplies on its own, it is different from seed-applied fungicides. First, only a little needs to be applied because it will grow to continually cover the roots...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Organic

  • Posted By Laura Barrera
    Nov 2, 2018

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

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Jul 23, 2018

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

    Posted By Mark Smith
    Jun 13, 2018

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

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    Posted By Laura Barrera
    Jun 1, 2018

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

    Posted By Amanda Allworth
    Jul 10, 2018

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

    Posted By Gill Costa
    Jun 16, 2017

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

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    Jun 15, 2018

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

    Posted By The Crossover
    Apr 20, 2018

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

    Posted By Robert Malmstrom
    Mar 9

    https://agfuse.com/article/grazing-systems-what-types-are-there

    Posted By Laura Barrera
    Mar 7, 2019

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