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Field checks, Soil health indicators
Alex Fiock with iPad in corn field

August 13, 2020

The Importance of Data Collection

After the harvest issues in 2018, planting issues of 2019, and the heavy rains in mid-May of 2020, data software and collection might be on the back burner of important things on your operation. Farmers have been so focused on getting a crop in or out of the field that, when the monitor beeps or […]

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Cover crops, Field checks
purple top turnips test plot

August 6, 2020

Cover Cropping and Soil Health in 2020

Most of us recognize there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to cover cropping. That makes accessing good data and insights – from across different geographies, weather patterns, and farming systems – absolutely critical. To address this need, Soil Health Partnership (SHP) Field Managers Dustin Brucker and Jim Isermann, along with SHP’s Michigan Research Manager Kristin Poley, recently […]

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Field checks
corn leaves

July 30, 2020

SHP Early-Season Field Checks

This planting season, the SHP field managers have a new tool for delivering valuable data to our growers by observing periodic field checks at key intervals in the season. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable agronomists worked tirelessly to build and deliver a standardized protocol for our field team to use to collect data.

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Field checks
Two men look at drone

July 23, 2020

4 Reasons to Use a Drone to Field Check

There are benefits to flying drones over crop fields when combined with traditional field checking techniques. Drone flights provide a flexible option for collecting data from fields. In a short amount of time, it is possible to have your drone in the air collecting images quickly.

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Soil sampling
Lisa in soil pit

July 16, 2020

Understand 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

SHP 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

Aggregate Stability & 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 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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