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No-till
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5 Things to Consider When Switching to No-Till

November 28, 2019

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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Industry partnerships

SHP Educates Hill Staff on Soil Health

November 26, 2019

Last week, the Soil Health Partnership and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) co-hosted a field day for U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee staff at Harborview Farms in Rock Hall, Md. Staffers had the opportunity to learn about soil health management practices being implemented at Harborview Farms. Harborview Farms owner and operator Trey Hill explained the need to […]

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No-till
Soil Sessions

Transitioning to No-till

November 26, 2019

Maddy Rabenhorst, SHP Field Manager for North Dakota and South Dakota discusses transitioning to no-till, including: Points to consider before transitioning to no-till. How to know if your no-till system is working. Maddy’s personal journey to no-till as a first time no-tiller. Soil Sessions is a webinar series by the Soil Health Partnership that provides […]

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SHP team
hands with soil

Soil Health Partnership Educates Hill Staffers on Soil Health

November 22, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today co-hosted a field day for U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee staff at Harborview Farms in Rock Hall, Md. Staffers had the opportunity to learn more about soil health management practices being implemented at Harborview Farms. “This field day was a unique […]

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No-till
shovel in dirt

No-Till Success, Follow Your Senses

November 21, 2019

As I discussed in the previous blog, transitioning to no-till requires commitment. What are some easily identifiable ways for you to know how well your no-till system is working? By using sight, touch, and smell, you can determine if you’ve established a successful no-till system and if it’s improving your soil health. I have included a few […]

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No-till
Maddy kneeling in corn field

Insights From a First-Time No-Tiller

November 14, 2019

My name is Maddy Rabenhorst, and I was raised on my family’s fourth generation farm in Bristol, South Dakota and now grow corn and soybeans with my husband in southeast South Dakota. It did not take long for us to realize that it is important for us to leave our land in better condition than we […]

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Cover crops
looking down corn row

Interseeding Cover Crops in Corn

November 7, 2019

While there are many known benefits of adding cover crops to your crop rotation, species selection, seeding method and timing, and termination are not always straightforward. In the Northern U.S. especially, winter weather shortly after corn and soybean harvest limits the ability of most cover crop species to establish, and farmers are often left with […]

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