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Field checks, Soil health indicators, Soil sampling

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

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

15. Lisa Kubik, 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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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

Cover Crops & Nutrient Management

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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Cover crops, Tillage

Strip-till Benefits & Management

October 8, 2020

For generations, farmers have been aggressively tilling fields and seeing success on their farms and in their yields. However, in recent decades, weather changes, economics, and conservation efforts to improve soil health and sustainability have led some growers to move to a no-till system. Often growers categorize themselves as either conventional tillage or no-till.  However, […]

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Precision ag/Data, SHP team

14. Keith Byerly, Relationships and Soil Health

October 6, 2020

When Keith Byerly made the transition from Precision Ag Manager on the ag retail side of the industry to Soil Health Partnership (SHP) on the education and research side of the industry, he didn’t realize the two roles would feel so similar. “Being a trusted advisor on the grower’s farm, you’re working on a relationship […]

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Cover crops, Farmer programs, Tillage

Grains and Greens Family Farms on Long-Term Soil Health and SHP

October 2, 2020

Ryan and Carrie Sanders are testing cover crops, no-till and other conservation practices to understand their long-term impact. They are starting to see difference now, and they look forward to the differences they will see in 10+ years.

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Precision ag/Data

What to Know About Your Yield Monitor

October 1, 2020

“Harvest 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime event.” That was the take-home message Keith Byerly shared on his recent Soil Sessions webinar, Fall Preparations for Harvest Success. In his presentation, which centered on yield data collection, Keith emphasized that we only get one shot to collect data from the 2020 harvest – so it is important that our data collection system is ready to head to the fields when we are.

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