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Farmer programs
Kevin Ross looking at corn with son

January 14, 2021

Making the Most of the Opportunities We’re Given

One of our team members, Keith Byerly, has been known to remind us from time-to-time that each planting, each harvest – it only happens once. That while we can always learn from this year as we consider what we’ll do in the next, we don’t get a do-over on this trip around the sun. His […]

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Farmer programs
Carrie and Ryan Sanders reviewing data

January 7, 2021

Setting Yourself Up for Success in the New Year

The start of a new year provides opportunities for fresh beginnings. It also gives us the chance to reflect on the past and consider what we want for the future. As you consider your soil health approaches for the new year, here are three ways you can set yourself up for success. Look Back on […]

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SHP team
Soil Health Lessons – SHP Plot Sign

December 17, 2020

4 Soil Health Lessons We Learned in 2020

There is no doubt about it: 2020 has been an interesting year. While we don’t need to rehash everything that made the last 12 months unique and, in many ways, challenging, we can say with confidence that 2020 has been a year of learning, growth, and reminders about what is most important. As we look […]

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Industry partnerships
John and Greg talking in the field

December 10, 2020

Collaboration is Key to Maximizing Soil Health Impact

In 2017, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) recognized the importance of healthy soil when it awarded a $10 million grant over three years to the Soil Health Institute (SHI), the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) and The Nature Conservancy to advance soil health science, research and education. Matched by foundations, leading companies, a […]

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Nutrient management
Hands holding soil and roots

December 3, 2020

Farmer Experiences Highlight the Intersection of Nutrient Management and Soil Health

When getting started with new conservation and sustainability practices, it can be challenging to know where to start. Should I look at tillage or cover crops first? Does it make the most sense to adapt my nutrient management approach or change how I soil test? When you find yourself asking these questions, one of the […]

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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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