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Soil sampling
Lisa in soil pit

July 16, 2020

Understand the Health of Your Soil Through Infiltration Testing

Understanding the health of a particular soil may also help explain other things that are happening in that field.  In our area, a rainfall event of three inches or more at some point throughout the summer is not uncommon.  But what’s more important than the rain itself is what happens to the rain once it reaches the soil.

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Cover crops
Andrew Reuschel in cover crop

July 9, 2020

SHP Shares Cover Crop Planting Report

The Soil Health Partnership conducted a detailed survey on cover crops with more than 80 farmers across 11 states in the SHP network about cover crop usage on their trial sites in the fall of 2019. The Cover Crop Planting Report is now available. The data will be used in future analyses for looking at how cover crops impact soil health, agronomic outcomes, and farmer profitability.

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Cover crops
overview of cover crop

July 9, 2020

Soil Health Partnership Releases Cover Crop Planting Report

The Soil Health Partnership’s Cover Crop Planting Report shows that farmers are using diverse strategies to plant cover crops and a variety of plant species to accomplish their soil health goals. SHP is the flagship sustainability program of the National Corn Growers Association. They conducted a detailed survey on cover crops with more than 80 […]

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Soil science
shovel with soil sample

July 2, 2020

How does aggregate stability support quicker field entry?

When planting season begins, it always seems like a race to get as much seed in the ground as quickly as you can. It is disappointing when conditions are not favorable to get planting done. It is extra frustrating when you see that your neighbor is able to get in the field, and you are not. More often than not, this difference in time to enter the field can come down to one factor: aggregate stability.

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Farmer programs
Alex kneeling in soybean field

June 25, 2020

Working with SHP to Implement Management Changes

When it comes to making a management change in the operation, growers can become very hesitant. The way they have been accustomed to farming has become routine and comfortable. It’s also been sustainable, generating income for themselves and their families. Growers fear that sometimes making drastic changes in ways they farm can affect their bottom line and their families’ livelihood.

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Cover crops
established cover crops

June 18, 2020

Aerial Application of Cover Crops

When planting cover crops, there are many options, such as drilling, broadcasting, interseeding, or overseeding seeding. The accessibility to equipment and labor available are often deciding factors. Aerial application of cover crops has become a method that farmers have started to utilize to give them the advantage of early application.

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Soil health indicators
Keith in Kansas wheat field

June 11, 2020

Listening to our Land Through Plant Tissue Testing

Today, we are more in tune with listening to what is going on around us than we were 20 years ago. This is particularly true when it comes to our fields. Whether it has been the wide adoption of soil sampling, yield monitors, or even the advent of infield sensors like moisture probes, we have come a long way in learning how to listen to the messages that our fields give us.

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Cover crops
John talking to farmer in corn field

June 4, 2020

Aerial Applied Cover Crop Seeding

One of the main challenges many farmers face with cover crops is finding the time to execute their cover crop plan. Time is scarce and valuable during the fall due to harvest, so some farmers choose to seed during the cash crop growing season. Not all seeding methods work for every farmer, and there are many options out there.

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Cover crops, No-till
shoes with soil sampler

May 28, 2020

3 Ways Cover Crops Impact No-Till Success

No-till provides many benefits, including building soil structure, increasing water holding capacity and infiltration, increasing worm counts, in addition to reducing soil erosion. Cover crops are a great tool to use in conjunction with  no-till to enhance soil health benefits.

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Farmer programs
soybean field

May 28, 2020

Soil Health Partnership Expands into Tennessee

The Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy are pleased to announce the expansion into Tennessee through foundational support from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through a collaborative effort to bring the SHP network to Tennessee, 16 farmers will be signed up to participate in one of two trial setups. The Strip Trials […]

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