Digging In

Insights from a First Time No-tiller
Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Insights from a First Time No-tiller

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 found it. It meant we needed to start adopting more sustainable practices and eventually phasing our ground out of a tillage system.

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Interseeding Cover Crops in Corn
Thursday, 07 November, 2019

Interseeding Cover Crops in Corn

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 few options to include a cover crop. 

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SHP Partners with GEMS to Store and Manage Data
Thursday, 31 October, 2019

SHP Partners with GEMS to Store and Manage Data

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of Minnesota GEMS platform (Genetics, Environment Management, Socio-Economics) to re-engineer SHP data flow and securely store, manage, and integrate data.

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SHP Dives Deeper into Soil Health Testing
Thursday, 24 October, 2019

SHP Dives Deeper into Soil Health Testing

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) takes soil sampling and testing very seriously. SHP administers higher resolution grid samples, pulls more depths of soil, and dives deeper into soil health testing than most agronomy specialists. We can do so because this is the focus of our team: giving farmers more data to help make long-term management decisions.

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Tracking Better Data
Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Tracking Better Data

Data is a powerful tool in your operation, and we often look at our yield and soil properties as the most valuable. It is important to remember though, the real value of soil health data is not in any one sample. The value is being able to look at the changes over time and applying it to other data sets. Looking at the management, yield and the ancillary pieces help to make inferences about the manner that it changed. This starts with having a complete data set that you have confidence in and begins with taking the time to do things the proper way so you have data you can trust for years to come.

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Calibrating Yield Monitors for Accurate Data
Thursday, 10 October, 2019

Calibrating Yield Monitors for Accurate Data

Harvest is an exciting and extremely busy time of year. There is no other season when you have more wheels in motion than there are right now. And the preparation that has gone into this season is nothing short of spectacular. From maintenance on combine heads to rebuilding auger flightings, there seems to be no shortage of tasks to complete. Yet prior to heading out to the field, there is one piece of hardware that often gets overlooked, especially considering that is used on every pass of every field all season long.

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Data Privacy is a Core Principle of SHP
Thursday, 03 October, 2019

Data Privacy is a Core Principle of SHP

Did you know that SHP takes data privacy and security very seriously? It has been a core principle of our program from the very beginning, and it is one way we show our farmers how much we respect them and the work they are doing.

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Cover Crops: Extending the Life of the Soil
Thursday, 26 September, 2019

Cover Crops: Extending the Life of the Soil

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.

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