Soil Health


Decoding C:N Ratios to Unlock Fertilizer Savings

The use of the right cover crops over an extended period can provide optimum soil C:N ratios for a thriving biological population and can significantly lower nutrient inputs over time.
Long-time cover-crop consultant Steve Groff says many growers are missing management opportunities in their lack of understanding the relationship of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in the soil and in field residue.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Sidestepping Disaster Pushes No-Till Farm Down Bold New Path

Once a mere day from filing bankruptcy, these young farmers got a second chance and are bravely, and boldly pressing on.
In 2017 the wheels came off, both literally and figuratively. First, and worst, our bank suddenly decided to not renew our operating loan.
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Put Some ‘Mustard’ on Your Earthworm Sampling Methods

No-tillers trying to get a better handle on earthworm populations might try a method used in France to find more individual species. But the trusty spade is quicker and cheaper for most.
The undisputed indicator of healthy soil is the presence of earthworms in the soil profile. There are various methods of sampling or extraction to estimate the level of worm communities and analyze the different species present.
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Challenging Growing Conditions Fuel No-Tiller’s Passion for Experimentation

Compacted clay soils and wet planting conditions are no match for Wisconsin no-tiller Adam Lasch, whose experiments in diversification provide fodder for his livestock while rehabbing the land.
Part mad scientist, part entrepreneurial farmer, Adam Lasch clearly loves what he does. Even while acknowledging the weather and pricing difficulties he and many other farmers have faced over the past couple of years, he’s always enthusiastic and excited to talk about the importance of diversification and his on-farm experiments.
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Julia Gerlach

No-Tillers at the Heart of the Regenerative Ag Movement

General Mills, Dannon, Land O’ Lakes, Syngenta, Corteva, Wrangler, PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy. What do they all have in common? These companies and organizations — among others — are working to advance the role of agriculture in addressing the demands of health-conscious consumers while also helping to combat the effects of climate change while improving food security issues across the globe.
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