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  • 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, 2 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)...

    Times Are Tough but Don't Cut This One Input

    By Fertility And Soils

    Published 8 months ago

    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

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    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 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

    #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 11 months ago

    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

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    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...

    Grain Drying Technology Using Paddy Husk

    By SUNCUE Grain Dryer

    Published 6 months ago

    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

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

    By Farmers Under Forty

    Published 2 years, 6 months ago

    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...

  • 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

    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

    Harland Peterson United States, SD, Britton

    Business Title: Soil Conservation District
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington

    Mark Smith United States, ME, Unity

    Business Title: DirigoAg, LLC
    Job Title: Owner
    Interests: Specialty/Vegetable, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness, Hemp, Soil, Water

    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

  • #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

  • 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, 2 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)...

    Times Are Tough but Don't Cut This One Input

    By Fertility And Soils

    Published 8 months ago

    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

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    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 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

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 11 months ago

    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

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    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...

    Grain Drying Technology Using Paddy Husk

    By SUNCUE Grain Dryer

    Published 6 months ago

    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

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

    By Farmers Under Forty

    Published 2 years, 6 months ago

    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...

    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

    7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 6 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

  • Posted By Brian Glaeske
    1 years, 2 weeks ago

    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.

    Posted By Soybeans
    11 months ago

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

    Posted By Wheat Producers
    1 years, 1 month ago

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

    Posted By Soybeans
    1 years, 4 months ago

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

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    2 years, 8 months ago

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

    Posted By Farmers Under Forty
    1 years, 6 months ago

    http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/yield-monitor/four-steps-capture-extra-bushels-2018

    Posted By Ag Sustainability And Innovation
    2 years, 9 months ago

    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
    2 years, 10 months ago

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

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    2 years, 2 months ago

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

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    2 years, 4 months ago

    "In a single teaspoon of soil there are 1 billion microbes. Even though you can’t see microbes, they play a key role in your crop’s success or failure.
    "'It’s important to keep microbes happy—they can’t function alone and so much of what farmers do depends on them,' says Bob Perry, general manager, Perry Agricultural Laboratory, a soil testing lab in Bowling Green, Mo.
    "Your tillage practices, fertilizer applications, soil pH and compaction levels all affect soil productivity. Boost soil health—and yields—by keeping microbes happy."
    https://www.agweb.com/article/keeping-microbes-happy-key-to-crop-success-naa-sonja-begemann/