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Minnesota Corn continues commitment to soil health

Minnesota Corn continues commitment to soil health

By SHP Staff on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership's work happens at the ground level - both literally and figuratively.

We are organized around 3 core impact areas:

  • On-farm engagement
  • Science and data
  • Communication and outreach

Soil Health Partnership's core impact for farmers

Thus, the work at the state level is critical to driving impact and ensuring we fulfill our mission. As shared over the past few weeks, state corn associations are stepping forward with creative solutions and collaborations to connect us with state partners, build on existing work and leverage the local knowledge and expertise.

In 2018, Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council granted SHP a 3-year grant to build out 4 more Minnesota sites. This gracious support will help establish a strong soil health network in one of the largest corn producing states.

“Minnesota’s corn farmers have a goal to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation,” said Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann. “To help accomplish this mission, we have worked with the Soil Health Partnership to find solutions that promote soil health in a way that leaves our land productive for future generations while protecting water quality. We are proud to be able to connect innovative corn farmers in our state with the Soil Health Partnership, and we look forward to producing the insights that will greatly benefit corn farmers and the environment.”

SHP understands the importance of a localized approach.

“As a farmer in Minnesota, I feel it’s my duty to be the best steward of the land as possible. Soil Health Partnership educates myself and others to fulfill this goal,” said SHP farmer partner Brian Ryberg.

SHP Field Managers are working to understand and share the impact of practices as they pertain to different regions across the U.S.

“The principles of soil health will still apply in northern states, but we need to continue to research new ways to implement the practices to achieve them. The ingenuity of farmers to overcome the obstacles for implementation is amazing and we look forward to helping support those efforts on the farm, in real-world situations in Minnesota,” said Jim Iserman, SHP Field Manager.

Thanks to support like Minnesota Corn’s, we have a way to collect more valuable data to analyze and share the economic and environmental benefits of various soil management strategies and provide a set of regionally specific, data‑driven insights that farmers can utilize to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms.