In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Darrell Bruggink, filling in for No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter, talks with
soil scientist Ray Ward, who founded Ward Laboratories after identifying the need for a new approach to making soil fertility recommendations.
If you mismanage your nutrients, you’re going to have a different population of microbes. And when you put too much nitrogen on, you increase the bacteria, and the bacteria have a low carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, and they demand carbon. And if they don’t have enough carbon, they’re going to eat the organic matter…” — Ray Ward
Listen in as Darrell and Ray talk about how Ray started up his lab, how it expanded over time, and Ray’s thoughts on why it’s been so successful. Ray also shares his insights on nutrient management practices and why more farmers should be using sulfur, the problems he sees with fall applications of nitrogen, and much more.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)