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Soil health indicators
Soil Sessions

Soil Health Indicators

March 31, 2020

SHP Field Manager for Minnesota Anna Teeter discusses soil health indicators, including: the different types of soil health indicators, how to test soil health on your farm, and the soil health indicators that SHP collects and what they mean. Soil Sessions is a webinar series by the Soil Health Partnership that provides monthly, in-depth updates […]

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Soil health indicators
shovel with dirt

5 Ways to Evaluate the Health of Your Soil

March 26, 2020

There are three main types of soil health indicators: chemical, biological and physical. While soil testing through a laboratory is required to determine many of these, there are ways to physically assess your soil at home.

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Industry partnerships

Today is National Ag Day – Share Your #soilselfie

March 24, 2020

National Ag Day is the perfect time to celebrate American farmers and how they support our food, fiber, and fuel systems. The Soil Health Partnership is celebrating National Ag Day by sharing #soilselfie – a self-portrait with soil.

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Farmer programs
Soil health indicators
close up corn roots

3 Types of Soil Health Indicators

March 19, 2020

Soil health is the capacity of soil to function as a vital living system to sustain biological productivity, maintain environmental quality, and promote plant, animal, and human health. This is a concept that characterizes the ability of a living soil system to perform functions such as supporting plant health. 

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SHP team
SHP team

SHP Launches The People of Soil Health Podcast

March 12, 2020

The Soil Health Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of The People of Soil Health Podcast on April 7. The People of Soil Health Podcast will provide a direct connection into the network of soil health professionals who are focused on the on-farm economic and environmental benefits of soil health. SHP Senior Director John Mesko will serve as the […]

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Cover crops, Nutrient management
Mike Buis

Incorporating cover crops profitably on highly erodible land in West-Central Indiana

March 9, 2020

Mike Buis farms 3100 acres of rolling farmland just west of Indianapolis with his brother, Jeff. They own 1400 acres and rent 1700 acres. Most of Mike’s cropland is in a corn-soybean or corn-soybean-wheat rotation. Mike began working with the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) in 2016 to experiment with cover crops. On his SHP research field, he trials a cereal rye cover crop before soybeans, and an oats and radish mix before corn. Experimenting with cover crops on his SHP research field prompted Mike to integrate a wheat cover crop on 300 additional acres. We focus on the economic benefits of his wheat cover crop management practices because he has adopted the wheat cover crop at scale.

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Farmer programs

SHP Recognizes Farmers with Seeds of Change Awards

March 5, 2020

Last week, five Soil Health Partnership (SHP) farmers received the “Seeds of Change” awards at the 2020 Commodity Classic. These awards highlight those participants in SHP who go above and beyond to promote soil health throughout the year. “The Soil Health Partnership’s farmers are at the core of our work. Without their commitment and support, the […]

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