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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    If Fe deficiency persists, leaf tissue and even the plant growing point may die. In addition to being important for chlorophyll production, Fe is important for energy transfer within the plant cells, enzyme production, and root nodule formation.
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    Cover crops can be used for different reasons, such as to provide soil erosion protection, alleviate compaction, control weeds, fix atmospheric nitrogen for the next crop, harvest for hay, and as a grazing resource. The reason for using a cover crop will determine which species or mixture of species you choose, as well as how you manage it.
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    Knowing key pests is just the first step; developing an insect-management strategy for crops based on scouting, use of crop rotation and field history are critical next steps that enable you to choose the right product for the job.
  • Unusually Long Silks in Corn

    If no pollen is available, silk elongation will continue but eventually slows to a stop within about 9 days after emergence, the result of which is indeed longer than expected silks. Kernel set near the base of the cob may fail if the silks deteriorate enough prior to pollen shed that they become non-receptive.
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Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year? – Part 2

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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Diversifying with Cover Crops for Forage and Biomass

This webinar, sponsored by La Crosse Seed, examines some of the species of cover crops that are ideal for building aboveground biomass and providing quality feed for livestock. Scott Wohltman, agronomist and cover crop lead for La Crosse Seed, will lead you through this free webinar.

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