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Cover crops
cover crop in no-till field

June 20, 2019

Looking Beyond the Short Term in Cover Crops

No matter the region, farmers are always looking to give back more than what they reap from the soil. By reducing soil erosion, adding biomass, sequestering carbon and improving nutrient cycling, cover crops can be a huge benefit to farmers. Cover crops are not a new idea, but best practices have to be determined for […]

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Field checks
Planting soybeans into cover crop

May 30, 2019

Planting Positive Vibes this Spring

Throughout the whole corn belt, there has been one thing in common this planting season – rain. Here in Northeast Indiana, it has caused some major headaches and issues. Currently, as of May 21st, our farm has not turned one wheel in the whole operation. There are many others in this same boat in the […]

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Industry partnerships
close up of corn

May 21, 2019

Iowa Corn Promotion Board® becomes SHP’s first Data Supporter

To enable the Soil Health Partnership to fully leverage its unique data set, SHP established Data Supporters as a new sponsorship level. Iowa Corn Promotion Board® (ICPB) is the first organization to earn the title. “Iowa Corn® is looking forward to the results from the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) uncovering significant benefits in soil improvements […]

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cattle on wet pasture

May 16, 2019

Grazing During a Wet Spring

Planting annuals in between cash cropping systems can be a great way to produce extra forage and extend the grazing season. And one of the simplest techniques to do this across the Midwest is to plant cereal rye after a corn crop ahead of next year’s soybeans. Cereal rye is very winter hardy and can […]

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Industry partnerships
overview of farmstead

May 4, 2019

Soil Health Partnership Joins Ecosystem Services Market Consortium as a Legacy Partner Member

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP)’s objective is to measure and communicate the economic and environmental benefits of different soil management strategies, and provide a set of regionally-specific, data‑driven recommendations to farmers. Partnerships with other data-driven organizations can help fully realize that goal, which is why SHP is joining the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) in […]

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Soybeans coming up through field residue

May 2, 2019

No Time to Till? Why not No-Till?

For many of you in the Midwest, 2018 brought some challenges. Lots of rain, lots of snow and lots of moisture that made harvest and any sort of fieldwork difficult.  Many of the farmers we talked to didn’t get the chance to complete all of their fall tillage due to poor field conditions.  This spring […]

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SHP team
SHP field managers

March 22, 2019

Soil Health Partnership Announces Several Open Positions

As the Soil Health Partnership heads into its fifth year of long term data collection on working farms, the organization is hiring for several roles to support its expanding footprint. Open roles include Development Director, a Michigan Research Manager, Soil Health Kansas-Nebraska Field Manager, and Soil Health Minnesota Field Manager. The Soil Health Partnership Development […]

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SHP team
elyssa mcfarland

March 11, 2019

Thank You, Elyssa McFarland!

Agriculture is a family business. Roles and responsibilities of that business evolve and change throughout the seasons. It’s bittersweet to announce that Elyssa McFarland, Development Director, is leaving the Soil Health Partnership staff to manage her family’s farm in southeast Iowa. Elyssa’s last day with SHP is March 19th. Elyssa joined SHP in 2015 as […]

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Farmer programs
Kirk Kimble dirt with shovel

July 31, 2017

Get the Scoop on Soil Health!

What will improve soil health to make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable for the next generation, and how does it impact the business side? Get the scoop from area farmers and other experts at a field day on Aug. 10 in Harlan, Ind. Education will include: Cover crop interseeding into standing corn Viewing a […]

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Farmer programs
tim smith - eagle grove, ia

October 23, 2015

Soil Health Partnership Farmer Leader Earns White House Award

Tim Smith remembers driving a Model G two-cylinder tractor to plow his family’s farm in North Central Iowa. Today, still farming that same land, he is a leader in adopting advanced agricultural practices to improve soil health. Doing so protects the water that ends up in the Gulf of Mexico. In recognition of his commitment […]

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