Soil Health

Woods End Introduces Solvita IRTH

IRTH offers easy, automated monitoring of microbial respiration.
The soil science community now has a new instrument available in their carbon toolbox: a sophisticated yet simple way to measure biological carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
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Illinois Incentivizes Planting Fall Cover Crops in 2020 Budget

Crop Insurance Reward Pilot Program promotes cover crops as an in-field management practice.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will adopt and implement a crop insurance reward program for cover crops that American Farmland Trust and a coalition of agriculture, environmental and conservation organizations developed.
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Soil Health Advocates Helping Farmers Fix Soil, Grow Profits

Soil health advocates Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta and Russell Hedrick share their message of regenerative — and profitable — farming.
In April 2019, about 30 farmers, from around Wisconsin flocked to T&R Dairy in Watertown, Wis., for a 3-day Soil Health Academy ecological nutrient management seminar put on by Understanding Ag and hosted by no-tiller Tony Peirick.
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Small Start, Big Success with No-Tilling

A minor victory in a small field grew to major success farmwide for Bob Kissel, as no-till practices have reduced erosion and improved soil tilth and nutrient cycling on his central Indiana operation.
Bob Kissel remembers the moment he decided to start no-tilling his crops: it was 30 years ago as he was custom harvesting a 20-acre field intensively farmed with soybeans and worked with plows every year.
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