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Soil science
John Mesko and Keith Byerly shake hands in a field

November 19, 2020

What Human Health Can Teach Us About Soil

It’s been said many times before and it’ll be said many times again: we live in an instant gratification world. From fast food to fast information to fast delivery – when we want something, we want it now…and we usually get it. Many of us have the same wishes for soil health. What is the exact […]

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Nutrient management
Spade in field

November 12, 2020

Livestock Manure’s Role in Soil Health

Livestock manure is known to provide valuable nutrients to the soil. And, if managed correctly, it can also provide additional benefits by improving the soil’s biological, chemical and physical properties. How livestock manure affects soil health Manure is composed of four main components: carbon, nutrients, microbial life, and water. Livestock manure is mainly composed of […]

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Cover crops, Nutrient management
Roger Zylstra in soybean field

November 5, 2020

Cover Crop Lessons from an Iowa Farmer: Take Your Time

When Roger Zylstra and his son Wesley started experimenting with cover crops on their central Iowa farm in 2014, they weren’t exactly sure what to expect. They had a goal to improve stewardship of their land and resources but, at the time, didn’t really know where that would take them. Their experiment – cereal rye […]

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Field checks, Soil health indicators, Soil sampling
Man holding soil with earthworm

October 29, 2020

Get to Know What Lives in Your Soil

Healthy soil is the foundation for productive crops and a resilient farming system. When it comes to building soil health, we often talk about the physical and chemical properties of soil – things like soil texture, aggregate stability and soil organic matter. There is a third component of soil health, though, that is highlighted less […]

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Soil health indicators
Alex Fiock looking at field

October 22, 2020

Why No Change in Yield Can be a Good Thing

The success of a growing season is typically measured by yield, bushels per acre, actual production history (APH) and farm average. It’s commonplace to hear comparisons of these measurements in conversations at the local coffee shop this time of year. The higher the increase in a season, we tell ourselves, the more successful we were. […]

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No-till

October 15, 2020

What to Keep in Mind: Fall vs. Spring Strip-Till

Strip-till can be done either in the spring, just ahead of planting, or in the fall following harvest. However, equipment, management style and weather conditions can affect which makes the most sense for growers. The season you create the strip, also known as a berm, determines the type of strip you want to achieve.  Key […]

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Cover crops, Farmer programs
Roger and Wesley Zylstra

October 12, 2020

SHP Releases Business Case on Benefits of Cover Crops in Enhancing Nutrient Management Strategy

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) recently released a business case featuring SHP farmers Roger and Wesley Zylstra, whose on-farm research is evaluating incorporation of cover crops into their nutrient management strategy. The business case details how they adapted their management system to meet soil health, yield and economic goals. “We are working to continue to […]

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Cover crops, No-till
Field with strip tillage

October 8, 2020

Benefits & Management Considerations of Strip-till

For generations, farmers have been aggressively tilling fields and seeing success on their farms and in their yields. However, in recent decades, weather changes, economics, and conservation efforts to improve soil health and sustainability have led some growers to move to a no-till system. Often growers categorize themselves as either conventional tillage or no-till.  However, […]

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Precision ag/Data
Casey Kelleher in combine

October 1, 2020

What You Need to Know About Your Yield Monitor

“Harvest 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime event.” That was the take-home message Keith Byerly shared on his recent Soil Sessions webinar, Fall Preparations for Harvest Success. In his presentation, which centered on yield data collection, Keith emphasized that we only get one shot to collect data from the 2020 harvest – so it is important that our data collection system is ready to head to the fields when we are.

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SHP team

September 24, 2020

SHP Welcomes Dr. Lin Liu as UMN Postdoc

Dr. Lin Liu recently began working with the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) team through her role as a Postdoctoral Associate at the GEMS Informatics Center at the University of Minnesota (UMN). As part of this unique collaboration between SHP and UMN, she will be working with colleagues to analyze soil health data and disseminate knowledge […]

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