Soil Health

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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Experiments with ‘Extreme Biomass’ Provide Soil and Water Protections

Pennsylvania no-tiller Jim Hershey shares his thoughts on maximizing cover crop benefits by interseeding and delaying termination.
Lancaster County, located about 90 minutes west of Philadelphia, is the largest livestock-producing county in Pennsylvania. It’s also the county with the most impaired streams, making it a major contributor of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
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No-Till Creates Path to Success for Young Wisconsin Brothers

Tough lessons about farm management lead brothers Andy and Anthony Beck to no-till. Improved profits and healthier soils turned them into dedicated practitioners.
For many farmers, it can take years to make the transition from traditional tillage to no-till practices, often starting with a small field and adding acres each year.
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[Podcast] A Conversation with Soil Health Advocates Ray Archuleta, Gabe Brown, and Russell Hedrick

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, we share a Q&A interview conducted at Understanding Ag and the Soil Health Academy, featuring certified professional soil scientist Ray Archuleta; farmer, rancher, author, and speaker Gabe Brown; and first-generation farmer and field consultant, Russell Hedrick.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, we share a Q&A interview conducted at Understanding Ag and the Soil Health Academy, featuring certified professional soil scientist Ray Archuleta; farmer, rancher, author, and speaker Gabe Brown; and first-generation farmer and field consultant, Russell Hedrick.
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New South Dakota Grazing Website Officially Released

SDSHC has officially released a new online portal and accompanying educational resources, created to connect livestock producers and those with available cropland or forage to graze. Integrating livestock onto cropland and proper grassland management are both key steps in increasing overall soil health.
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