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Farmer programs
John and Keith shaking hands

May 20, 2021

Bringing This Chapter to a Close: An Open Letter to the Agriculture Community

As you may or may not have heard, Soil Health Partnership – a project of the National Corn Growers Association – will close its doors on May 28, 2021. SHP has accomplished its original mission of determining the economic and environmental impact of conservation practices and communicating the importance of soil health to farmers and […]

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Cover crops, Farmer programs, Wheat
Angela Knuth standing in front of barn with straw

May 13, 2021

Nebraska Farmer Diversifies for the Future

Angela Knuth’s journey to improved soil health began back in 2005 when she and her husband Kerry made the move to no-till on their Mead, Neb. farm. As third-generation farmers hoping to pass on what they’ve built to the fourth generation, Angela and Kerry are motivated by a desire to leave the land in the […]

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Soil health indicators, Soil science
Soil probe next to corn stalk

May 6, 2021

New Article Highlights Variation in Soil Health Indicators Over Space and Time

Through collaboration between SHP and Utah State University, a new academic article was published in the June 2021 issue of Soil Security. This scholarly journal publishes original research in soil science and the article focuses on how SHP helps build soil security by supporting the adoption of soil health-promoting practices and monitoring and assessing soil […]

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Soil science
Saturated Buffer Install credit: Conservation Media Library

April 30, 2021

A Whole-Systems Approach to Farming

This blog was guest authored by Kris Johnson of The Nature Conservancy and Clare Lindahl of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.   Science tells us that moving toward a regenerative agriculture system by improving nutrient management and rebuilding soil health in farm fields can deliver dramatic productivity benefits for farmers, while also delivering a […]

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Ryan and Carrie Sanders look at phone in soybean field

April 22, 2021

Indiana Farmers Believe in Responsibility to Learn and Share Cover Crop Experiences

Ryan and Carrie Sanders are the owners of Grains and Greens Family Farm, located in Angola, Ind. As the parents of two boys and farmers passionate about sustainability, they are often thinking about the legacy they will leave behind – and that includes soil health. “If we’re not taking care of the soil now, what’s it […]

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Soil science
Close-Up of Soybean

April 15, 2021

Don’t be Afraid to Customize Your Soil Health Strategy

When we talk about soil health at SHP, we often talk about how important it is to find a strategy that fits your farm. That’s especially true when you think about how varied soil types and weather conditions can be. Sure, that’s obvious when you start comparing different states – California vs. Maryland or Florida […]

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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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