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Soil health indicators
SHP field manager looking at soil

April 8, 2021

3 Ingredients for Success in Soil Health

Profitable conservation systems do not look the same on every farm. Growers must implement different strategies to address their specific needs, thanks to a wide range of variables including soil type, moisture availability, equipment and labor. However, just because every farmer takes a slightly different approach to soil health, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some […]

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Farmer programs
Greg Whitmore Keith Byerly John Mesko in a soybean field

April 1, 2021

Soil Health – An Investment in the Long-Term

Soil Health Partnership was born from a shared vision of developing a farmer-led research network that could measure the impacts of implementing soil health practices on working farms. Greg Whitmore of Shelby, Neb. was one of those leading farmers. One of the original 14 SHP farmers, Greg believes in the soil health mission and has […]

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Soil sampling
SHP taking a soil core sample

March 25, 2021

Preparing for Soil Sampling This Spring

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Which is why soil sampling is a critical tool when it comes to measuring your soil health. Soil test results don’t just reflect nutrients; they can also paint a picture of the biological and physical properties of your soil to provide the best roadmap for your cropping season.  […]

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Cover crops
Cereal rye cover crop

March 18, 2021

Experience Plays A Role in Cover Crop Profitability

When it comes to cover crops, patience combined with realistic expectations is often the name of the game. Unlike the immediate cost savings that often come with conservation tillage – for example, savings on equipment, fuel and repairs – cover crops have annual costs, as well as efficiencies and soil health benefits that can take time […]

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Cover crops, Tillage
Bryan is the manager of Deerfield Farms

March 11, 2021

Farmer Influencers Work to Build Better Soil and Water

There is a lot of talk these days about the power of “influencers” – people on social media that drive conversation and action. For Bryan Boyle, though, being a positive influence in the community was important long before the arrival of Instagram. Bryan is the manager of Deerfield Farms in Deerfield, Ohio and is also […]

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March 4, 2021

Understanding the Impact of Conservation Tillage on Operating Expenses

When farmers consider implementing a soil health or conservation practice on their farm, one question they inevitably ask is: what will the financial impacts be? In an effort to answer this question, we recently released Conservation’s Impact on the Farm Bottom Line – a report developed in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund and the agricultural accounting […]

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Cover crops, Soil health indicators
person looking at soil probe

February 25, 2021

TNC and SHP Scientists Show Soil Health Indicators Increase Due to Cover Crops

In exciting new research published in the journal Nature Food, Soil Health Partnership – in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy – set out to answer the question: how do cover crops impact soil health indicators in SHP trials? Do we see evidence of changes in the soil, and how quickly do they show up in […]

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Farmer programs, Industry partnerships
SHP field day

February 18, 2021

The Power of Collaboration in Expanding Soil Health Knowledge

There is a saying that often makes the rounds on social media that goes something like, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” At SHP, we are on a mission to go far – and, for that, we need a team that extends beyond those […]

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Cover crops, Field checks
Iowa derecho - vertical tillage in damaged field

February 11, 2021

What the Iowa Derecho Taught Us

In the weeks and months following the mighty winds that swept through central and eastern Iowa in August – known as a ‘derecho’ event – many farmers have been left with devastation to both crops and property. Many fields were completely destroyed. Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 36 were hardest hit and an estimated 3.57 million […]

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Cover crops
Cover crops

February 4, 2021

Before You Plant Green, Remember These 3 Things

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some of the reasons farmers plant green, the benefits and drawbacks of this approach, and what you should know about setting up your equipment to make sure your experience is successful. In this final post of the series, we’re sharing the 3 things we think farmers should know […]

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