Soil Health

Carbon Loss Proportional to Tillage Intensity

Soil scientist Don Reicosky says the more soil you disturb in tillage, the more CO2 is released. In addition, he says tillage is detrimental to fungi-to-bacteria ratios that are vital to carbon and nitrogen storage.
Retired USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Don Reicosky of Minnesota admits he’s prejudiced against conventional farming and the moldboard plow because of their effects on soil organic matter (SOM)
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5 Takeaways from the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference

2019 has tested the resolve of many farmers. So it was refreshing to experience an overall optimistic environment at the 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Peoria, Ill. Many of the 338 farmers, researchers and industry professionals assembled with a shared objective of making lemonade out of lemons in 2019, but they also sought opportunities to rebound in 2020.
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Soil Microbes Have Power to Reverse Climate Change

Many problems identified with the planet’s climate could be solved by putting water back in the ground where it belongs, says Christine Jones.
Australian soil ecologist Christine Jones believes that, rather than climate change causing droughts, the climate has been changed by not managing ground cover appropriately.
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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.
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.
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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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