Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year?
Residue Management, Soil Health

Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

Soil organic matter is a primary measure of soil health. It is important to monitor soil organic matter and try to increase it. But what is a realistic goal?

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    Every growing season usually has several severe thunderstorms, which sometimes result in crop-damaging hail. Bruised or broken stems are regularly observed after hail, but the hail damage is often not severe enough to kill the plant.
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    Reproductive stage R-3 is the dividing line between minimal application to just keep crop growth moving forward compared to ample water to maximize pod retention and development. With the recent high heat, many soybean fields will be at the critical R-3 stage sooner than the average year.
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    In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., we continue our discussion with Penn State University no-till and cover crop researcher Sjoerd Duiker on the thought-provoking topic of increasing soil organic matter.
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