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Cover crops

Cover Crops: Extending the Life of the Soil

September 26, 2019

In the farming community “cover crop” is a buzzword, and for good reason. Adding a cover crop to your farm means you are extending the amount of time there is something growing in that soil and that adds many other benefits. The most apparent benefits of cover crops include the following: Improve field conditions: What is […]

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Industry partnerships
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TNC: Landowner and Farmer Conversations

September 17, 2019

Non-operating landowners own a significant amount of farmland across the U.S., yet many of them are unaware of the conservation practices being implemented on their land. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working alongside state commodity organizations to facilitate and champion more conversations between non-operating landowners and farmers to identify opportunities in soil health efforts. According to the U.S. Department […]

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Cover Crops: Where Do I Start?

September 13, 2019

Cover crops are an effective tool to improve soil health. Cover crops can reduce loss of excess nitrogen and phosphorus, reduce erosion, build up or recycle nutrients, assist with weed control and provide forage or grazing. However, implementing cover crops should not be taken lightly and requires lots of planning, adjusting and typically requires a […]

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Lisa with a soil sampler

Cover Crops: Which One Should I Choose?

September 12, 2019

As harvest approaches, we also think about seeding cover crops, if we have not already. What type of cover crop seed you should use depends on your goals.  If your goal is to graze cattle on the cover to extend your grazing days, the seed you choose will be different than if you want to […]

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Industry partnerships
kneeling in corn field

FFAR Investment Essential to SHP’s Growth

September 5, 2019

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit in the 2014 Farm Bill, has been an integral partner in developing the Soil Health Partnership (SHP). FFAR made an impactful contribution that took SHP from a research program to a full-fledged multi-state, farmer-led soil health effort. The FFAR investment in SHP supports collaborative research and education […]

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