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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...

    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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    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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    Jay Harmon United States, IA, Ames

    Business Title: Iowa State University
    Job Title: Extension Agent Or University Employee
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Beef, Dairy, Swine, Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health, Precision Agriculture, Ag Policy, Succession Planning, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops

  • Jay Harmon United States, IA, Ames

    Business Title: Iowa State University
    Job Title: Extension Agent Or University Employee
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Beef, Dairy, Swine, Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health, Precision Agriculture, Ag Policy, Succession Planning, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops

    AG HeadHunters United States, TN, Nashville

    Business Title: Better Your Workforce Better Your Company
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Ag Search Professional
    About: AG HeadHunters is a consulting firm focused on recruiting and training services for agriculture. We understand the complexities of finding, landing, and keeping talented employees; it is the greatest challenge and highest on-going cost of every company. Our mission is to assist our clients in effectively hiring critical employees that stay and remain engaged. Learn more at www.agheadhunters.com
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Poultry, Specialty Livestock, Swine, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Human Resources, Operating a Farm, Succession Planning, Taxes, Projects, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Fishing, Homesteading, Horses, Hunting, Timber, Tobacco

  • 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

    AgNet West Radio Network

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    California and Arizona real farm radio, providing current, relevant, and interesting agriculture news. We are proud to serve the agriculture community. AgNet West is based in California.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable 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

    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

    Healthcare As A Business Advantage

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

    Precision Ag

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

    Aussan Laboratories Inc

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    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, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Organic Row Crops, 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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    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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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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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    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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    Type of Organic Fertilizer

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 17, 2019 

    It can improve the nitrogen content in the soil and makes the plants denser... For example, cow manure can control weeds and increases the moisture-holding capacity of the soil and increases air penetration in the soil... It can act as a natural fungicide and control nematodes in the soil... It can improve soil health, increase fertility, and make plants thrive... Acts as a soil conditioner...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic Row Crops, Wheat

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    Nutrient Stratification Not a Problem in No-Till

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 13, 2018 

    Without tillage to mix fertilizer into the soil, no-tillers may wonder whether the nutrients applied to the soil surface are reaching the crop roots... Even though stratification — the non-uniform distribution of nutrients within a soil’s depth, with higher concentrations of nutrients toward the soil surface — does occur in no-till, it should not be a concern... He asks, if you can put nutrients on top in a natural growing system, why can’t they be placed on top in a cropland system?Ward also points out in native prairies, nutrients work their way down into the soil naturally, just as it occurs in no-till systems... The reason for this is a stronger soil structure under no-till... ”Soil moisture key for fertilizer uptakeAnother reason stratification is not a concern in no-till is because of higher soil moisture, thanks to undisturbed residue...

    Categories: Corn, Cover Crops

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  • Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Feb 25 

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/10386-webinar-measuring-and-managing-soil-carbon

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    Posted By Cotton News
    Updated Feb 15 

    https://www.cottonfarming.com/web-exclusive/seminar-links-soil-health-measures-to-cotton-prices/

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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 Fertility And Soils
    Feb 12 

    https://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/6868146-Crop-insurance-can-help-to-maintain-healthy-soil-study-finds
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Feb 5 

    From Successful Farming 1) The soil is alive 2) Everything is connected 3) The goal is to emulate nature..

    https://www.agriculture.com/crops/conservation/how-regenerative-ag-and-strip-grazing-improves-soil-health

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Feb 3 

    https://www.farmprogress.com/cover-crops/mississippi-farmer-share-regarding-soil-health

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Jan 30 

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/blogs/1-covering-no-till/post/10337-quantifying-soil-health-and-plant-available-water
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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Jan 27 

    https://www.hutchnews.com/story/news/2021/01/22/soil-health-u-better-soil-needs-diversity-regenerative-practices/6666572002
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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Jan 25 

    https://www.farmprogress.com/soil-health/prove-naysayers-wrong-soil-health

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Jan 22 

    https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2021-02/improved-soil-health-linked-nitrogen-fertilizer-efficiency-across
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