Digging In

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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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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