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Soil science
John Mesko and Keith Byerly shake hands in a field

What Human Health Can Teach Us About Soil

November 19, 2020

It’s been said many times before and it’ll be said many times again: we live in an instant gratification world. From fast food to fast information to fast delivery – when we want something, we want it now…and we usually get it. Many of us have the same wishes for soil health. What is the exact […]

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Cover crops, Farmer programs, Industry partnerships, Nutrient management, Tillage
The People of Soil Health

17. Ben Gleason – Soil Health Awareness is ‘Mission Accomplished’ at IA Corn

November 17, 2020

Iowa Corn has several major goals that drive programs and projects for their sustainability platform: Protect and improve the land, water, and natural resources Minimize regulations on farmers that could potentially reduce profitability Maintain farmers’ social license to operate Be a leader in sustainability, making sure that sustainability is a part of all programming Ben […]

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Nutrient management
Spade in field

Livestock Manure’s Role in Soil Health

November 12, 2020

Livestock manure is known to provide valuable nutrients to the soil. And, if managed correctly, it can also provide additional benefits by improving the soil’s biological, chemical and physical properties. How livestock manure affects soil health Manure is composed of four main components: carbon, nutrients, microbial life, and water. Livestock manure is mainly composed of […]

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Cover crops, Nutrient management
Roger Zylstra in soybean field

Cover Crop Lessons from an Iowa Farmer: Take Your Time

November 5, 2020

When Roger Zylstra and his son Wesley started experimenting with cover crops on their central Iowa farm in 2014, they weren’t exactly sure what to expect. They had a goal to improve stewardship of their land and resources but, at the time, didn’t really know where that would take them. Their experiment – cereal rye […]

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Soil science
The People of Soil Health

16. Dr. Steve Wood – Accessible Data for Everyone with AgEvidence

November 3, 2020

AgEvidence is a new online dashboard where farmers and soil health experts can access cutting-edge research into the impact of soil health practices in the U.S. Corn Belt. Dr. Steve Wood, Senior Scientist for Agriculture and Food Systems for The Nature Conservancy and AgEvidence project lead, believes the tool gives access to foundational data on […]

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Field checks, Soil health indicators, Soil sampling
Man holding soil with earthworm

Get to Know What Lives in Your Soil

October 29, 2020

Healthy soil is the foundation for productive crops and a resilient farming system. When it comes to building soil health, we often talk about the physical and chemical properties of soil – things like soil texture, aggregate stability and soil organic matter. There is a third component of soil health, though, that is highlighted less […]

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Soil health indicators
Alex Fiock looking at field

Why No Change in Yield Can be a Good Thing

October 22, 2020

The success of a growing season is typically measured by yield, bushels per acre, actual production history (APH) and farm average. It’s commonplace to hear comparisons of these measurements in conversations at the local coffee shop this time of year. The higher the increase in a season, we tell ourselves, the more successful we were. […]

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Cover crops, Farmer programs
The People of Soil Health

15. Lisa Kubik – Taking Consistent, Incremental Steps to Build Soil Health

October 20, 2020

For Lisa Kubik, SHP Field Manager in eastern Iowa, learning about soil health is a two-way street. “Honestly,” she says, “Working with SHP, I learn as much from my farmers…as they probably learn from me, which is really unique and really neat.” One of those farmers is Roger Zylstra from central Iowa, who has been […]

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What to Keep in Mind: Fall vs. Spring Strip-Till

October 15, 2020

Strip-till can be done either in the spring, just ahead of planting, or in the fall following harvest. However, equipment, management style and weather conditions can affect which makes the most sense for growers. The season you create the strip, also known as a berm, determines the type of strip you want to achieve.  Key […]

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Cover crops, Farmer programs
Roger and Wesley Zylstra

SHP Releases Business Case on Benefits of Cover Crops in Enhancing Nutrient Management Strategy

October 12, 2020

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) recently released a business case featuring SHP farmers Roger and Wesley Zylstra, whose on-farm research is evaluating incorporation of cover crops into their nutrient management strategy. The business case details how they adapted their management system to meet soil health, yield and economic goals. “We are working to continue to […]

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