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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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Precision ag/Data
Soil Sessions

Fall Preparations for Harvest Success

September 29, 2020

Join Keith Byerly, Field Team Director – West, as he discusses preparing for a successful harvest. During this webinar we will discuss how to accurately collect data and put it into storage for the future, including: A step-by-step process for setting up your yield monitor Special considerations for crops that will not feed well into […]

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SHP team

SHP Welcomes Dr. Lin Liu as UMN Postdoc

September 24, 2020

Dr. Lin Liu recently began working with the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) team through her role as a Postdoctoral Associate at the GEMS Informatics Center at the University of Minnesota (UMN). As part of this unique collaboration between SHP and UMN, she will be working with colleagues to analyze soil health data and disseminate knowledge […]

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Soil science

3 Questions About Harvest Yield Monitors

September 24, 2020

One of the most challenging aspects of farming is that, unlike other areas of life, there’s rarely an in-the-moment chance at a do-over. When the weather is right, it’s time to roll. Planting. Harvest. You only get to do it once under that exact timing, with those exact conditions. That means, when it comes to […]

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Cover crops, Industry partnerships

13. Darrick Steen, SHP Teaches Soil Science

September 22, 2020

Darrick Steen, Director of Environmental Programs for Missouri Soybean and Missouri Corn, says his pathway to an interest in soil health starts with a turkey farm and a father involved in state politics. He grew up watching heated political and regulatory debates around animal agriculture and the environment. Eventually, he found his way to soil […]

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