Digging In

Cover Crops: Where do I start?
Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Cover Crops: Where do I start?

Cover crops are an effective tool to improve soil health. Cover crops can reduce loss of excess nitrogen and phosphorus, reduce erosion, build up or recycle nutrients, assist with weed control and provide forage or grazing. However, implementing cover crops should not be taken lightly and requires lots of planning, adjusting and typically requires a total management shift and rethinking the entire cropping system.

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TNC: Championing Conversations Between Non-Operating Landowners and Farmers
Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

TNC: Championing Conversations Between Non-Operating Landowners and Farmers

Non-operating landowners own a significant amount of farmland across the U.S., yet many of them are unaware of the conservation practices being implemented on their land. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working alongside state commodity organizations to facilitate and champion more conversations between non-operating landowners and farmers to identify opportunities in soil health efforts.

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Cover Crops: Which one should I choose?
Thursday, 12 September, 2019

Cover Crops: Which one should I choose?

As harvest approaches, we also think about seeding cover crops, if we have not already. What type of cover crop seed you should use depends on your goals.  If your goal is to graze cattle on the cover to extend your grazing days, the seed you choose will be different than if you want to increase the weed control in next year’s crop.  Some cover crops are great at taking up excess nutrients that may be found in the field and others are great at breaking up heavily compacted areas of a field. These goals, as well as other factors, will help to determine the best species, or species mix, to use on your farm.

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Teeter Joins SHP as Minnesota Field Manager
Monday, 26 August, 2019

Teeter Joins SHP as Minnesota Field Manager

Anna Teeter is SHP’s newest team member, joining as a Field Manager covering Minnesota. Anna most recently received her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Department of Soil Science. Her thesis evaluated preserving nitrogen from fall applied dairy manure using nitrapyrin, a nitrification inhibitor, in combination with spring wheat as a fall cover crop. 

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Bayer: Addressing Environmental Challenges Collaboratively
Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Bayer: Addressing Environmental Challenges Collaboratively

Bayer is proud to be a founding member of the Soil Health Partnership (SHP). We recognize the need and opportunity to gain a better understanding of soil health. SHP allowed for the creation of a farmer-led collaboration that drives the focus on implementing the most impactful projects and practices in operations while achieving positive environmental outcomes. We realized the challenge of improving soil health was not something we could accomplish alone and sharing knowledge through partnerships is the best approach.

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Saving the Soil
Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Saving the Soil

Theo Bartman of Rock Valley, Iowa had been utilizing cover crops for two years before deciding it was time to take a deeper plunge. After some research he found the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) and learned about the trials being conducted with cover crops and no-till practices. Not long after, Theo enrolled in the program.

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