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  • Soil Health Vs. Soil Fertility

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 2 years, 6 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...

    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

    Chitosan & mycorrhiza complement each other for soil healthy

    By Darren Chan

    Published 7 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

    Laura Barrera United States, SC, Spartanburg

    Job Title: Freelance Agriculture Writer
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Agribusiness, Soil Health

    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

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 2 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

  • Laura Barrera United States, SC, Spartanburg

    Job Title: Freelance Agriculture Writer
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Agribusiness, Soil Health

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Joe Soiler India, Maharashtra, Pune

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

  • 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

    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

    Healthcare As A Business Advantage

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

    Precision Ag

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

    Aussan Laboratories Inc

    Public
    Aussan believes in finding natural solutions to crop health. We manufacturer a citrus bio-flavonoid foliar spray called CropBioLife that improves crop health.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Organic, Agribusiness

  • Soil Health Vs. Soil Fertility

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 2 years, 6 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...

    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

    Chitosan & mycorrhiza complement each other for soil healthy

    By Darren Chan

    Published 7 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

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 2 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

    Soil Farmers of the Year 2018

    By Direct Driller Magazine

    Published 8 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

    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    The benefit of added crop diversity along with improvements to soil health is paying off, as some of these farmers are achieving the highest yields in the country. Below two state corn yield champions share how cover crops helped them capture contest wins, while also improving their soil and boosting their profits... His intention with the small grains was to sequester carbon, build soil organic matter, suppress weeds and improve the soil’s water retention as well as water infiltration rates, while the legumes were used for balancing the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio... The one warning he gives to farmers about planting green is to watch their soil moisture... His goal for using cover crops is to increase organic matter — which on most fields has gone from 2% or less to 7% and higher — break up the soil hardpan and increase the soil’s water-holding capacity...

    A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past... Ecological Farming: the Science Behind Farming Isn’t ChangingIn Joel’s mind, while an individual farmer’s understanding of agriculture may change, the science behind soil health and fertility hasn’t and won’t... Despite the fact that Joel disagreed with technology being the sole answer to on-farm challenges, he did point out its uses in marketing, complying with food supply chain regulations, and navigating “financial transactions and legalities, intricacies of liability insurance, health insurance, etc...

    A healthy crop starts with healthy soil. Learn what you can do to improve soil health.

    Million Dollar Dirt

    By Amanda Allworth

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    But what makes some soils more productive than others? That’s a complicated question to answer, but we do know that the healthiest soils share some common characteristics. While some of these are difficult to change, there are management practices you can employ to improve soil quality. Soil health 101When you think about soil, you probably don’t consider that it is alive. In fact, there are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on Earth. Roots, earthworms, bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, algae, protozoa, nematodes, mites and small insects work together to help build soil aggregates (sand, silt and clay)...

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

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Ray Weil, a soil ecologist with the University of Maryland, happened to hear his question and approached Groff about doing a cover crop study on his farm... They’re a long-term practice for protecting and improving the soil, which may also translate into protection and improvements for cash crops... A variety of factors can influence the early benefits of cover crops, including the soil’s current health and conditions, tillage practices, species selection and overall management. The poorer the soil, the faster the resultsOne of the fastest changes that can occur from cover cropping is the improvement of soil health. In the 2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey Annual Report, 54% of farmers said they believe that soil health benefits from covers began in the first year of use...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    Growing different crops back to back provides several benefits, such as preventing pests and disease, improving soil health and reducing fertilizer inputs, all of which can boost your crop yields and your bottom line... While this can result in an unhealthy cover crop, for farmers who grow brassicas as a cash crop — especially canola — the disease can be detrimental. According to the Canola Council of Canada, clubroot causes premature death in canola and is considered a serious disease due to the spores ability to survive in the soil for up to 20 years... “Peas have been known to have some detrimental effect in the soil, if they are used back to back to back,” he explains. While peas are usually followed with corn to utilize nitrogen in the soil and break the cycle, Robison says a dairy operation may end up using peas in an oat or triticale mixture back to back for more feed...

    Categories: Cover Crops

  • Posted By Laura Barrera
    1 years, 4 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 Laura Barrera
    1 years, 3 months ago

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

    Posted By The Crossover
    1 years, 5 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 Fertility And Soils
    1 years, 3 months ago

    https://am.gallagher.com/us/in-practice/the-importance-of-soil-health-for-increased-profitability

    Posted By Accidental Agronomist
    2 years, 7 months ago

    https://agfuse.com/article/the-ag-101-series-52-weeks-of-agronomy

    Posted By Cover Crops
    9 months ago

    https://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/4546832-soil-health-minute-conversation-cover-crop-innovator

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    1 years, 1 month ago

    https://www.theaccidentalagronomist.com/news/2018/8/13/ag-101-week-33

    Posted By Cover Crops
    1 years, 2 months ago

    http://www.farmtalknewspaper.com/news/cover-crops-provide-tailor-made-results-for-on-farm-objectives/article_e77c83b4-94c6-11e8-8556-130e1b6732fd.html