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“Legumes fix a lot of nitrogen. And contrary to what a lot of people think, the nitrogen is in the top part, not in the nodules. So the more legume you can produce on top, the more nitrogen you’re going to get returned.”– Ray Ward

Ray Ward founded Ward Laboratories in 1983 and has been analyzing soil, plant tissue, manure and more ever since in an effort to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions about their operations.

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, we catch up with Ray at the 2019 National No-Tillage Conference where he delves into nutrient cycling. Getting into the nitty-gritty on nutrients that are removed from a field during harvest or foraging, he stresses the importance of replacing carbon and other essential nutrients via organic matter decomposition, manure or fertilizer application.

In addition, he talks about some of the differences between the standard soil test and the Haney test, why water-extractable organic nitrogen is so important, how many people confuse oxygen deficiency with nitrogen deficiency, and much more.







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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)