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Farmer programs

January 30, 2020

SHP Releases 2019 Annual Report

Soil Health Partnership released their first ever annual report for 2019. This marked the five-year anniversary of SHP and the report compiled the progress in what was another year of growth for the organization. “We started off the year by releasing preliminary findings at the 2019 Soil Health Summit,” John Mesko, Senior Director of SHP […]

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SHP team

January 23, 2020

Commodity Classic SHP Educational Sessions

Commodity Classic brings together farmers from across the country to network and learn from their peers. Hosted by farmers, for farmers, it is hailed as the largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational event in the country. The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is attending Commodity Classic and is hosting a series of educational sessions throughout the three-day […]

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Cover crops, Wheat
Mike Buis test plot sign

January 16, 2020

Wheat Cover Crop Benefits SHP Farmer

In a recent SHP business case emphasizing the weed control benefit of planting a wheat cover crop, SHP farmer Mike Buis shared his soil health journey. Mike, with his brother Jeff, farms 3,100 acres of rolling farmland west of Indianapolis, Indiana; together, they own 1,400 acres and rent 1,700 acres. Most of the cropland is in a […]

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SHP team

January 9, 2020

Dustin Brucker Joins SHP as Field Manager

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce Dustin Brucker as the new Field Manager for western Iowa, joining the team of nine SHP Field Managers. Dustin grew up on his family’s corn and soybean farm in Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Business and his master’s degree in Seed Technology and […]

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Farmer programs
Elyssa McFarland talks to farmer

January 2, 2020

Annual Report Highlights 2019 Growth

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 Soil Session: Welcome to 2020

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 & 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 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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