Soil Health

Boosting No-Till Yields with Gypsum

In either its natural or synthetic form, gypsum has been increasingly recognized as a valuable soil amendment, promising reduced erosion, improved soil organic matter and more efficient nutrient uptake.
No-tilling about 2,000 acres in Prairie City, Ill., Ken Curtis calls the area where he farms “Forgotonia.”
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Calculating the Value of Cover Crops

Cover crops and other regenerative agriculture practices have been getting a massive amount of attention lately. There have been stories about them in major news outlets like Forbes and the New York Times and politicians have been working these concepts into their speeches and climate platforms, spreading the word about the benefits of keeping the soil covered with diverse living plants.
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Putting Quorum Sensing to Work in Your No-Tilled Soils

No-tillers must embrace diversity in plants and soil microbes to unlock the power of quorum sensing, improve ag production and deal with climate change, says Christine Jones.
If you've ever been to a meeting that requires a quorum — a minimum number of representatives attending in order to make a decision, you’re on the way to understanding “quorum sensing” as it relates to soil health.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Cover Crop Solution Dispels Prevent Planting Blues

Cereal rye is a ready-made soil builder when rain keeps the Roemke family out of their no-till fields.
We were uncharacteristically resistant when our agronomist, Joe Nester, first brought up the idea of using cover crops. Now we’re hooked and they’re helping bring our no-till farming system to the next level.
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Lessons on Cover Crops from the Heart of Dixie

The Southern Cover Crops Conference, held in July in Auburn, Ala., was chock-full of great information related to cover crops.
The decision to use cover crops is like getting married. It takes time, a little money, commitment and a willingness to listen to make it work for the long-term. A grower has to be committed to doing whatever it takes to get covers seeded so they can do their part, according to long-time cover crop grower Myron Johnson of Headland, Ala.
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[Podcast] Using a Foliar Fertilizer for Higher Yields

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Midwest Bio-Tech, we listen in on a Conklin conference call, with host Dan Willgohs and special guest Kip Cullers as they discuss Kip’s tips for using these products, especially in the cool and incredibly wet conditions that were so widespread this spring and are still plaguing isolated areas across the country.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Midwest Bio-Tech, we listen in on a Conklin conference call, with host Dan Willgohs and special guest Kip Cullers as they discuss Kip’s tips for using these products, especially in the cool and incredibly wet conditions that were so widespread this spring and are still plaguing isolated areas across the country.
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