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Soil health indicators, Soil science
Soil probe next to corn stalk

May 6, 2021

New Article Highlights Variation in Soil Health Indicators Over Space and Time

Through collaboration between SHP and Utah State University, a new academic article was published in the June 2021 issue of Soil Security. This scholarly journal publishes original research in soil science and the article focuses on how SHP helps build soil security by supporting the adoption of soil health-promoting practices and monitoring and assessing soil […]

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Soil science
Saturated Buffer Install credit: Conservation Media Library

April 30, 2021

A Whole-Systems Approach to Farming

This blog was guest authored by Kris Johnson of The Nature Conservancy and Clare Lindahl of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.   Science tells us that moving toward a regenerative agriculture system by improving nutrient management and rebuilding soil health in farm fields can deliver dramatic productivity benefits for farmers, while also delivering a […]

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Ryan and Carrie Sanders look at phone in soybean field

April 22, 2021

Indiana Farmers Believe in Responsibility to Learn and Share Cover Crop Experiences

Ryan and Carrie Sanders are the owners of Grains and Greens Family Farm, located in Angola, Ind. As the parents of two boys and farmers passionate about sustainability, they are often thinking about the legacy they will leave behind – and that includes soil health. “If we’re not taking care of the soil now, what’s it […]

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Soil science
Close-Up of Soybean

April 15, 2021

Don’t be Afraid to Customize Your Soil Health Strategy

When we talk about soil health at SHP, we often talk about how important it is to find a strategy that fits your farm. That’s especially true when you think about how varied soil types and weather conditions can be. Sure, that’s obvious when you start comparing different states – California vs. Maryland or Florida […]

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Soil health indicators
SHP field manager looking at soil

April 8, 2021

3 Ingredients for Success in Soil Health

Profitable conservation systems do not look the same on every farm. Growers must implement different strategies to address their specific needs, thanks to a wide range of variables including soil type, moisture availability, equipment and labor. However, just because every farmer takes a slightly different approach to soil health, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some […]

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Farmer programs
Greg Whitmore Keith Byerly John Mesko in a soybean field

April 1, 2021

Soil Health – An Investment in the Long-Term

Soil Health Partnership was born from a shared vision of developing a farmer-led research network that could measure the impacts of implementing soil health practices on working farms. Greg Whitmore of Shelby, Neb. was one of those leading farmers. One of the original 14 SHP farmers, Greg believes in the soil health mission and has […]

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Soil sampling
SHP taking a soil core sample

March 25, 2021

Preparing for Soil Sampling This Spring

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Which is why soil sampling is a critical tool when it comes to measuring your soil health. Soil test results don’t just reflect nutrients; they can also paint a picture of the biological and physical properties of your soil to provide the best roadmap for your cropping season.  […]

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Cover crops
Cereal rye cover crop

March 18, 2021

Experience Plays A Role in Cover Crop Profitability

When it comes to cover crops, patience combined with realistic expectations is often the name of the game. Unlike the immediate cost savings that often come with conservation tillage – for example, savings on equipment, fuel and repairs – cover crops have annual costs, as well as efficiencies and soil health benefits that can take time […]

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Cover crops, Tillage
Bryan is the manager of Deerfield Farms

March 11, 2021

Farmer Influencers Work to Build Better Soil and Water

There is a lot of talk these days about the power of “influencers” – people on social media that drive conversation and action. For Bryan Boyle, though, being a positive influence in the community was important long before the arrival of Instagram. Bryan is the manager of Deerfield Farms in Deerfield, Ohio and is also […]

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Tillage

March 4, 2021

Understanding the Impact of Conservation Tillage on Operating Expenses

When farmers consider implementing a soil health or conservation practice on their farm, one question they inevitably ask is: what will the financial impacts be? In an effort to answer this question, we recently released Conservation’s Impact on the Farm Bottom Line – a report developed in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund and the agricultural accounting […]

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