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  • Times Are Tough but Don't Cut This One Input

    By Fertility And Soils

    Published Jan 10, 2019  

    This is where the importance of soil testing comes into play. We soil test every year. Zone management soil testing and variable rate application is, in my opinion, the highest ROI activity on our farm... By soil testing each and customizing the nutrients applied to each zone, we can both maximize yields and ensure that we don’t over apply nutrients, which saves us money and actually helps with plant health... As long as you’re doing your annual soil tests, managing lime is easy...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Cotton

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

    Million Dollar Dirt

    By Amanda Allworth

    Published Jul 10, 2018  

    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)...

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 29, 2018  

    When it comes to cover crops and nutrient management, a lot of the focus is on what cover crops can do for soil fertility... But how should farmers adjust their fertilizer practices for their cash crops following cover crops? John Pike, a contract researcher and cover crop specialist for the Zea Maize Foundation and IL Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, and a former Research Agronomist at the University of Illinois at Dixon Springs Research station, says that while there are some nuances that need to be planned for, the basic principles of soil fertility and crop management are much the same. “It’s a matter of fine-tuning the cover crop system to fit the soils, climate and equipment that’s available in the operation that we’re talking about on any given day,” he says. “We’re talking about soil fertility and growing corn and beans and wheat or whatever the crop is, so approach it from a logical standpoint, one step at a time, to figure out the best system for the crops, soils and equipment you’re dealing with... For example, if a grower is using cereal rye and there is residual nitrogen from the previous cropping season in the soil, a good establishment of rye can hold that nitrogen, which will eventually be available for the next crop...

    Categories: 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

    #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

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Nov 2, 2018  

    And barring anything extreme that’s happened to your fields — such as mining or a toxic spill — your soils should already have AMF in it, says Miranda Hart, a soil microbial ecologist at the University of British Columbia. The way AMF works, Cahill explains, is that they grow inside the plant’s roots, and in exchange for sugar from the plant, the hyphae — the threadlike filaments of the fungi — capture water and nutrients in the soil for the plant... The arbuscule is the finely branched mycorrhizal structure where the exchange of soil nutrients for carbon occurs... The researchers used phosphorus 32, a radioactive isotope of phosphorus, and grew the wheat in compartmented pots with highly calcareous and phosphorus-fixing soil from a major cereal-growing area in South Australia... In fact, an influx of phosphorus in roots colonized by mycorrhizal fungi can be three to five times higher than in non-mycorrhizal roots, according to the article “Phosphorus Uptake by Plants: From Soil to Cell...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Grain Drying Technology Using Paddy Husk

    By SUNCUE Grain Dryer

    Published Mar 28, 2019  

    Burning paddy husk in a rice husk furnace can be a complete substitute for gas or diesel by burning paddy husk to provide necessary thermal energy. This not only increases the millers/farmer’s income through significantly reducing drying cost and improving grain quality, it is also an important 21st century drying industry breakthrough. Paddy husk had long been considered rural waste, but with this technical innovation it can produce amazing thermal energy... In addition, the SUNCUE rice husk furnace is the only furnace that has passed not only strict performance testing but also stringent air pollution testing in both Japan and Taiwan... It can be used as an industrial insulation material, organic fertilizer, soil improvement mechanism, deodorant or other agricultural use media...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Grain Sorghum, Rice

    Are Nitrogen Stabilizers Worth Using? 3 Factors to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Updated May 26  

    Unfortunately, nitrogen fertilizer is susceptible to leaving the soil before it can be used up by the plant. According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, nitrogen loss can occur in three ways:Denitrification: Nitrate converts into gaseous forms of nitrogen which are lost to the atmosphere Volatilization: Ammonium (NH4) converts to ammonia (NH3) gas which is released to the atmosphere Leaching: Nitrate, which is negatively charged like soil particles and not well retained by the soil, is washed downward by excess soil water beyond the root zone of crops... While these products can help protect your nitrogen from loss, are they worth using on your farm? More importantly, will they pay off?Consider Soil TextureUniversity of Nebraska Extension Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist Charles Wortmann says that like most practices in agriculture, you can’t expect universal benefits from use of nitrogen stabilizers, but it can be very beneficial if it’s well targeted to certain situations. The University conducted a near three-decade study on N-Serve, a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor, that was applied along with anhydrous ammonia in the spring on an irrigated, continuous corn field with silt loam soil near Clay Center, Neb... Wortmann thinks the results were highly affected by soil texture...

    Categories: Corn, Wheat

    The $100,000 Decision You're About to Make

    By Farmers Under Forty

    Published Mar 12, 2018  

    It's that time of year again where things seem to be waking up from the doldrums of Winter. . . the grass is greening up, pollen is falling everywhere and even an occasional snake shows up... I know, I know, if the planter isn't fully setup and ready to go next week when there's moisture and the soil temperature is perfect, then it won't matter what variety you plant...

    Categories: Corn, Cotton, Soybeans

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Monica Pape

    Published Jun 16, 2018  

    I have to recommend you get a complete soil test done, including organic matter. Is a soil test the end all be all to a fertility program – no. However, it is the foundation for building a plan to manage the health and fertility of your soil and crops... The basic definitions are–Amendments are used to change the physical & chemical properties of a soil... The soil was not created overnight nor will you be able to change it overnight...

  • 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

    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

    Christopher Keen United States, TX, Plano

    Business Title: Coats Agri-Aloe, LLC.
    Job Title: Sales Representative
    About: Bilingual: English/Spanish. Currently in charge of sales and marketing in Europe and Africa. I oversee testing, adherence to protocols and adapting protocols for different crops.
    Interests: Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Dairy, Cover Crops, Organic, Agribusiness, Fruit, Biostimulants

    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

  • #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

    Fertility And Soils

    Public
    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops

    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

  • Times Are Tough but Don't Cut This One Input

    By Fertility And Soils

    Published Jan 10, 2019  

    This is where the importance of soil testing comes into play. We soil test every year. Zone management soil testing and variable rate application is, in my opinion, the highest ROI activity on our farm... By soil testing each and customizing the nutrients applied to each zone, we can both maximize yields and ensure that we don’t over apply nutrients, which saves us money and actually helps with plant health... As long as you’re doing your annual soil tests, managing lime is easy...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Corn, Cotton

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

    Million Dollar Dirt

    By Amanda Allworth

    Published Jul 10, 2018  

    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)...

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 29, 2018  

    When it comes to cover crops and nutrient management, a lot of the focus is on what cover crops can do for soil fertility... But how should farmers adjust their fertilizer practices for their cash crops following cover crops? John Pike, a contract researcher and cover crop specialist for the Zea Maize Foundation and IL Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, and a former Research Agronomist at the University of Illinois at Dixon Springs Research station, says that while there are some nuances that need to be planned for, the basic principles of soil fertility and crop management are much the same. “It’s a matter of fine-tuning the cover crop system to fit the soils, climate and equipment that’s available in the operation that we’re talking about on any given day,” he says. “We’re talking about soil fertility and growing corn and beans and wheat or whatever the crop is, so approach it from a logical standpoint, one step at a time, to figure out the best system for the crops, soils and equipment you’re dealing with... For example, if a grower is using cereal rye and there is residual nitrogen from the previous cropping season in the soil, a good establishment of rye can hold that nitrogen, which will eventually be available for the next crop...

    Categories: 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

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Nov 2, 2018  

    And barring anything extreme that’s happened to your fields — such as mining or a toxic spill — your soils should already have AMF in it, says Miranda Hart, a soil microbial ecologist at the University of British Columbia. The way AMF works, Cahill explains, is that they grow inside the plant’s roots, and in exchange for sugar from the plant, the hyphae — the threadlike filaments of the fungi — capture water and nutrients in the soil for the plant... The arbuscule is the finely branched mycorrhizal structure where the exchange of soil nutrients for carbon occurs... The researchers used phosphorus 32, a radioactive isotope of phosphorus, and grew the wheat in compartmented pots with highly calcareous and phosphorus-fixing soil from a major cereal-growing area in South Australia... In fact, an influx of phosphorus in roots colonized by mycorrhizal fungi can be three to five times higher than in non-mycorrhizal roots, according to the article “Phosphorus Uptake by Plants: From Soil to Cell...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Grain Drying Technology Using Paddy Husk

    By SUNCUE Grain Dryer

    Published Mar 28, 2019  

    Burning paddy husk in a rice husk furnace can be a complete substitute for gas or diesel by burning paddy husk to provide necessary thermal energy. This not only increases the millers/farmer’s income through significantly reducing drying cost and improving grain quality, it is also an important 21st century drying industry breakthrough. Paddy husk had long been considered rural waste, but with this technical innovation it can produce amazing thermal energy... In addition, the SUNCUE rice husk furnace is the only furnace that has passed not only strict performance testing but also stringent air pollution testing in both Japan and Taiwan... It can be used as an industrial insulation material, organic fertilizer, soil improvement mechanism, deodorant or other agricultural use media...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Grain Sorghum, Rice

    Are Nitrogen Stabilizers Worth Using? 3 Factors to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Updated May 26  

    Unfortunately, nitrogen fertilizer is susceptible to leaving the soil before it can be used up by the plant. According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, nitrogen loss can occur in three ways:Denitrification: Nitrate converts into gaseous forms of nitrogen which are lost to the atmosphere Volatilization: Ammonium (NH4) converts to ammonia (NH3) gas which is released to the atmosphere Leaching: Nitrate, which is negatively charged like soil particles and not well retained by the soil, is washed downward by excess soil water beyond the root zone of crops... While these products can help protect your nitrogen from loss, are they worth using on your farm? More importantly, will they pay off?Consider Soil TextureUniversity of Nebraska Extension Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist Charles Wortmann says that like most practices in agriculture, you can’t expect universal benefits from use of nitrogen stabilizers, but it can be very beneficial if it’s well targeted to certain situations. The University conducted a near three-decade study on N-Serve, a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor, that was applied along with anhydrous ammonia in the spring on an irrigated, continuous corn field with silt loam soil near Clay Center, Neb... Wortmann thinks the results were highly affected by soil texture...

    Categories: Corn, Wheat

    The $100,000 Decision You're About to Make

    By Farmers Under Forty

    Published Mar 12, 2018  

    It's that time of year again where things seem to be waking up from the doldrums of Winter. . . the grass is greening up, pollen is falling everywhere and even an occasional snake shows up... I know, I know, if the planter isn't fully setup and ready to go next week when there's moisture and the soil temperature is perfect, then it won't matter what variety you plant...

    Categories: Corn, Cotton, Soybeans

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Monica Pape

    Published Jun 16, 2018  

    I have to recommend you get a complete soil test done, including organic matter. Is a soil test the end all be all to a fertility program – no. However, it is the foundation for building a plan to manage the health and fertility of your soil and crops... The basic definitions are–Amendments are used to change the physical & chemical properties of a soil... The soil was not created overnight nor will you be able to change it overnight...

    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

  • Posted By Brian Glaeske
    Sep 10, 2018  

    AgPhdFieldDay emphasized how important soil testing is to understanding your soil fertility. FarmQA has a full line of automated soil samplers from ATV to truck in-cab samplers. For more information see http://farmqa.com/products/soilsamplers.

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    Posted By Soybeans
    Oct 10, 2018  

    https://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/scn-coalition-encourages-piggybacking-fall-fertility-sampling

    Posted By Wheat Producers
    Aug 20, 2018  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/8116-planning-your-wheat-fertility-program-start-now-by-soil-testing

    Posted By Soybeans
    May 21, 2018  

    http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-stories-not-miss-new-soybean-app-soil-testing-and-residual-herbicides

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Feb 6, 2018  

    https://agfundernews.com/future-soil-testing.html

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Dec 30, 2019  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/9351-soil-sampling-tips-for-better-fertilizer-decisions

    Posted By Farmers Under Forty
    Apr 5, 2018  

    http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/yield-monitor/four-steps-capture-extra-bushels-2018
    A Review of Methods to Improve Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Agriculture

    Authors: Lakesh K. Sharma, Sukhwinder K. Bali

    Journal Title: Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 51; doi:10.3390/su10010051

    ISSN: 2071-1050 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Management of nitrogen (N) is a challenging task and several methods individually and in combination are in use to manage its efficiency. However, nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) has not been improved to a level, only 33%, as predicted by the researchers while developing nitrogen management tools and methods. The primary objective of this review article is to evaluate methods and tools available to manage nitrogen. Several methods, soil testing, plant tissue testing, spectral response, fertilizer placement and timing and vegetative indexes (leaf area index, and NDVI) through drones, handheld sensors, and satellite imagery were reviewed on the subject of user-friendly and effectiveness towards NUE. No single method was found sufficient to counter the nitrogen loss. Some methods were found time consuming and unsynchronized with N uptake behavior of particular crop, for example, plant tissue testing. Use of precision agriculture tools, such as GreenSeeker, Holland Crop Circle, drone, and satellite imagery, were found better compared to conventional methods such as soil testing, but these tools can only be used when the crop is up. Therefore, N management is possible only through inseason N application methods. When 70% of the applied nitrogen is used by the crops within 25–30 days after planting, for example, corn and potatoes, it is required to apply major N rates through inseason approach and some N at planting using soil test reports. In conclusion, this article strongly advocates using two or more methods in combination when managing N.

    Illustration Photo: Drone hexacopter with camera in flight over agricultural fields (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)

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    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Nov 11, 2017  

    http://www.southwestfarmpress.com/soil-health/annual-soil-testing-can-save-input-costs-and-increase-plant-health

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    Jul 31, 2017  

    http://fetchbirddog.com/2017/07/31/every-landowner-know-soil-testing/