“With the sap [analysis], you’re looking at xylem and phloem. You’re looking at uptake of that plant. You’re looking at new leaves, which is the immediate release of that nutrient because all the nutrients going to come to the roots, to the new leaves and then go to the old…We’re able to look at mobile nutrients in that plant at different stages, as well as knowing what’s in the soil…” — Jeremiah Durbin, independent crop consultant, Sustainable Legacy Consulting; soil health specialist, Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts
While the physical and chemical characteristics of soil have been studied for decades, the biological side is a growing area of study and holds a lot of promise in terms of helping us improve our understanding of and approach to growing agricultural crops in a more wholistic, sustainable and regenerative way.
Independent crop consultant and Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts soil health specialist Jeremiah Durbin focuses on these three characteristics — what he calls the three-legged stool of soil health — to help farmers understand how to implement regenerative practices for higher yields and more nutrient-dense crops.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, we chat with Jeremiah about those physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil health and how he uses his mechanical background to help trouble-shoot issues in the field.
Join us as he talks about the one tool a farmer should keep in his truck, why he uses the Haney and PFLA soil tests as well as sap analysis when considering crop nutrient needs, how farmers in southern states can successfully integrate cover crops into their operations, the state of the industrial hemp industry and more.
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