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Farmer programs
Elyssa McFarland talks to farmer

January 2, 2020

First Soil Health Partnership Annual Report Highlights Successes and Growth in 2019

As we close out 2019, the five-year anniversary of Soil Health Partnership, our team has compiled our progress in our first annual report. The year began with the release of preliminary findings at the 2019 Soil Health Summit. These findings indicated that organic matter is increasing on SHP Research Fields, and that there is no statistically significant […]

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Farmer programs
corn ear up close

January 2, 2020

Register for the Next Soil Session: Welcome to 2020 – SHP’s Next Phase

The first Soil Session of the year will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. CST. The title of the Soil Session is Welcome to 2020 – SHP’s Next Phase, hosted by John Mesko. SHP Senior Director John Mesko will kick off the new year with a look at what SHP is planning to […]

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Grazing

December 26, 2019

Experimental Grazing: Tripling Hay Production

After spending much of my career advising other farmers, I wanted to do research on my own farm to understand the impact of grazing on soil and how it could improve the economics of the farm. I was rotationally grazing cattle and sheep on 160 acres that included pasture ground, and hay production acres as well. One […]

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Cover crops, Grazing

December 19, 2019

Grazing Timing and Cover Crops

Grazing can provide many benefits to your operation such as producing feed for livestock, lengthening the grazing season, and producing a second crop off of your corn and soybean acres; however, implementing grazing requires planning. One thing to consider is the time of year your livestock will be utilizing this additional grazing and what cover crops make […]

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Grazing
Jim Isermann in field

December 17, 2019

3 Ways Grazing Can Benefit Your Farm

Planting annual cover crops in between cash cropping systems can be a great way to produce extra forage and extend the grazing season. Cover crop grazing can provide benefits to your operation including saving time, money and improving soil health. Cost-Savings One of the biggest expenses for any cattle farmer is feed costs. By keeping […]

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SHP team
Elyssa talks to farmer

December 9, 2019

Elyssa McFarland Named SHP Development Manager

The Soil Health Partnership is excited to welcome Elyssa McFarland as our Development Manager. As Development Manager, Elyssa will build and maintain SHP’s broad spectrum of partnerships, expanding the resource base for the important work of building soil health and creating a sustainable future for farming and food. She joins a strong national team that is focused […]

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Industry partnerships
hands holding soil

December 5, 2019

Advancing Soil Health Through the Power of Partnerships

There are more than 2 million farms across the United States, tended by men, women and families who produce the crops that feed, fuel and clothe the world. They care deeply for the lands and waters that sustain their livelihoods, but as the global population continues to grow, our nation’s farmers are under increasing pressure […]

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Industry partnerships
empty soil probe in corn field

December 4, 2019

Soil Health Partnership, Illinois Corn Receive USDA Conservation Innovation Grant

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP), a program of the National Corn Growers Association, and IL Corn are excited to announce a new project focusing on helping farmers understand and implement new soil health practices and connecting those practices to farm profitability. The project is funded by the USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program, the on-farm […]

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Industry partnerships
farmer looking at soil

December 2, 2019

December 5 is World Soil Day

Thursday, December 5, is World Soil Day! Join our week-long celebration by sharing your soil health journey! Why are you interested in soil health? What are you doing to improve soil health? Use the hashtag #mysoilhealthjourney and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to join the celebration.

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No-till
kneeling in corn field

November 28, 2019

5 Things to Consider When Switching to No-Till

No-till can greatly impact soil health by building soil structure, increasing water holding capacity and infiltration, increasing worm counts, in addition to reducing soil erosion. However, planning ahead is necessary to make the practice successful. Five things that you want to consider before making the switch to no-till include: Weed Control Tillage is no longer […]

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