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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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    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...

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    Chitosan & mycorrhiza complement each other for soil healthy

    By Darren Chan

    Published Feb 12, 2019 

    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...

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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, 2020 

    , 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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    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

    F3 Tech Selects Companies in AgTech and Clean Energy Storage for 2021 Accelerator Program

    By Christine Bucan

    Updated Sep 1 

    Easton, MD (September 1, 2021) – F3 Tech, an agriculture innovation accelerator program for early-stage companies supported by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center and the U. S. Economic Development Administration, has selected five companies from the fields of crop and soil health, as well as clean energy storage, to participate in its 2021 program. The companies were selected from a pool of competitive applications and include:· Holganix, a manufacturer of proprietary plant probiotics that harness the power of microorganisms to optimize soils and grow healthier, more sustainable plants. This translates to improved yield on crops and a reduced need for fertilizers and pesticides...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Precision Agriculture, Soil Health

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    Fear the Same Summit attendees dive deep into soil health at Bottens Family Farm.

    You can talk about what you should do. Or, you can just do it.

    By Megan Silcott

    Published Aug 25 

    There is so much noise and information to sort through, and buzz words gaining momentum like: regenerative ag, carbon credits, soil health, non-gmo, cover crops, relay cropping, companion cropping, and so on and so on... ” Urgency is certainly contributing to the need for large scale soil health adoptions... No matter what, we live and die by our soil... Solutions like the POWER2GRO Crop Production System that can improve agriculture, from the soil up. Monte said, “The ASN team looks at the bigger picture which leads to stronger recommendations for farming with a soil first approach yet keeps profitability at the forefront...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Farm Management, Soil Health

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    Diagnosing Plant Problems in 2020

    By Julie Jenkins

    Updated Nov 25, 2020 

    These articles' objective is to furnish you with specific rules for deciding the reasons for plant issues. This data will primarily apply to scene plants; however, it should likewise be valuable for indoor seedlings. A portion of this article's data arrangement has adjusted from augmentation distributions formed by Washington State Universities and Oregon State. In this primary section, plant pressure examines the reasons for plant issues, and the five stages symptomatic cycle has covered in the subsequent report. In this report, a few attributes of sicknesses and bugs will talk...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health

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    Why do fertilizer recommendations differ from lab to lab?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Mar 12 

    Categories: Fertility, Soil Health

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    Ray Bohacz United States, NJ, Hackettstown

    Business Title: Farm Machinery Digest
    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Podcaster/Radio show host
    Interests: Corn, Beef, Poultry, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Agribusiness, Operating a Farm, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Shops, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Vegetables, Timber

  • Ray Bohacz United States, NJ, Hackettstown

    Business Title: Farm Machinery Digest
    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Podcaster/Radio show host
    Interests: Corn, Beef, Poultry, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Agribusiness, Operating a Farm, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Shops, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Vegetables, Timber

    Kyle Park United States, MO, Nixa

    Business Title: Amway
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional
    About: How can I serve you? My passion is to serve and help you as a grower in any way that I can. My goal is to make you more money than you know what to do with. If you grow any plant I can help you increase your yields directly. If you grow livestock I can help you increase your yield by improving the pasture they graze.
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Grass-Fed Livestock, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Timber

    John Bernard United States, TN, Goodlettsville

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Retired University Research/Extension
    Interests: Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness, Farm Management

    Zubair Kazi India, Maharashtra, Amravati

    Job Title: Farmer, Crop Consultant, Precision Agriculture Specialist
    Interests: Cotton, Soybeans, Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops

    LARRY JONES United States, CO, Yuma

    Business Title: AGRI-INJECT LLC.
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, South/Southeast Sales Rep
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Precision Agriculture, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Cover Crops

  • 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

    Hemp Farming

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    Here is a group for hemp farmers to connect while sharing tips and asking questions.
    Interest: Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps

    Organic Citrus

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    We are interested in gathering experiences, solutions and history of organic methods in citrus production. As well as record and document unique policy and market access hurdles organic citrus growers face in each different region of the world.
    Interest: Organic Row Crops, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Homesteading

    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

    Feed the Soil, Feed the World

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    Discoveries are occurring at a record pace as we learn what happens in the soil is as important as what happens above the soil. This is a place to ask good questions, share ideas, research, trials, and experiences. Curiosity, passion and an open mind are what drive innovation and change. Sharing ideas and stories help us learn and can reduce the painful (and costly) experiences. Tell me your story(s) and I'll share mine.
    Interest: Beef, Dairy, Grass-Fed Livestock

    Healthcare As A Business Advantage

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    Helping Agriculture businesses with healthcare their workers can afford and use.
    Interest: Marketing

    #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

  • 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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    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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    Chitosan & mycorrhiza complement each other for soil healthy

    By Darren Chan

    Published Feb 12, 2019 

    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

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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, 2020 

    , 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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    F3 Tech Selects Companies in AgTech and Clean Energy Storage for 2021 Accelerator Program

    By Christine Bucan

    Updated Sep 1 

    Easton, MD (September 1, 2021) – F3 Tech, an agriculture innovation accelerator program for early-stage companies supported by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center and the U. S. Economic Development Administration, has selected five companies from the fields of crop and soil health, as well as clean energy storage, to participate in its 2021 program. The companies were selected from a pool of competitive applications and include:· Holganix, a manufacturer of proprietary plant probiotics that harness the power of microorganisms to optimize soils and grow healthier, more sustainable plants. This translates to improved yield on crops and a reduced need for fertilizers and pesticides...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Precision Agriculture, Soil Health

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    Fear the Same Summit attendees dive deep into soil health at Bottens Family Farm.

    You can talk about what you should do. Or, you can just do it.

    By Megan Silcott

    Published Aug 25 

    There is so much noise and information to sort through, and buzz words gaining momentum like: regenerative ag, carbon credits, soil health, non-gmo, cover crops, relay cropping, companion cropping, and so on and so on... ” Urgency is certainly contributing to the need for large scale soil health adoptions... No matter what, we live and die by our soil... Solutions like the POWER2GRO Crop Production System that can improve agriculture, from the soil up. Monte said, “The ASN team looks at the bigger picture which leads to stronger recommendations for farming with a soil first approach yet keeps profitability at the forefront...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Farm Management, Soil Health

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    Diagnosing Plant Problems in 2020

    By Julie Jenkins

    Updated Nov 25, 2020 

    These articles' objective is to furnish you with specific rules for deciding the reasons for plant issues. This data will primarily apply to scene plants; however, it should likewise be valuable for indoor seedlings. A portion of this article's data arrangement has adjusted from augmentation distributions formed by Washington State Universities and Oregon State. In this primary section, plant pressure examines the reasons for plant issues, and the five stages symptomatic cycle has covered in the subsequent report. In this report, a few attributes of sicknesses and bugs will talk...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Fertility, 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...

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    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22, 2020 

    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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    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

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  • Why do fertilizer recommendations differ from lab to lab?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Mar 12 

    Categories: Fertility, Soil Health

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  • Posted By Monica Pape
    Mar 20, 2018 

    https://agfuse.com/article/soil-health-vs-soil-fertility
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Feb 15 

    "Four threats to soil productivity.  Recognize the risks and improve your soil health" as told at Agriculture.com

    https://www.agriculture.com/crops/soil-health/four-threats-to-soil-productivity

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Nov 26, 2020 

    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 Becky Johnson
    Mar 23 

    "Improving soil health can help farmers build drought resilience, increase nutrient availability, suppress diseases, reduce erosion and nutrient losses, and increase economic benefits, according to recent Soil Health Institute research."
    https://www.agdaily.com/crops/economics-soil-health-evaluated-100-farms

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    Posted By Steve Hanks
    Jul 3 

    "You should be able to tell from my blog that I am a big fan of soil health/regenerative agriculture. ... With all this in mind, however, ... I'm getting worried that we are trying to break this approach to farming and ranching down into a simplistic laundry list of specific things you have to do each and every year on each and every acre instead of recognizing that every acre is a little different and that every producer has a different reality. ... All I can suggest is that maybe we take a little time to step back from the checklist and take a broader view of what needs to be done on an individual farm or ranch."

    https://southernplainsperspective.wordpress.com/2021/07/01/dont-lose-sight-of-the-forest-for-the-trees/


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    Posted By Steve Hanks
    Jul 24 

    "It's our hope that by doing this work we are connecting with the next generation of 'progressive agriculturalists' and spreading the word about soil health/regenerative ag and how it can help us feed and clothe the world in a way that protects our resource base for future generations."
    https://southernplainsperspective.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/soil-health-youth-events-the-kids-are-alright/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Jul 14 

    And here's another part of the solution to increasing farm production 50% by 2050 - soil health.

    https://kisstheground.com/

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Updated Mar 1 

    "The March Soil Health Digital Cafe will feature @Brian Dougherty   from Iowa State University, where he will discuss how different management practices affect soil health corn and soybean systems."

    https://twitter.com/NEIowaAgEng/status/1366430708340817928

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    Posted By Becky Johnson
    Feb 23 

    "Cover crops are often part of a suite of conservation practices that comprise a farmer’s soil health management system. Other conservation practices, such as no-till farming and a written nutrient management plan, are more common on fields with cover crops than on fields without cover crops."
    https://www.agdaily.com/crops/cover-crop-trends-practices-united-states

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    Posted By Becky Johnson
    Jan 13 

    “NCGA made a pioneering leap into the sustainability arena with the launch of the Soil Health Partnership. Since then, we have not let up. We have been working to take the next big steps showcasing our dedication to continuous improvement."
    https://www.agdaily.com/crops/ncga-sustainability-initiatives-2021
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