Slake, Infiltration and Bulk Density (BD) are 3 tests that are fairly easy to do on the farm with a few simple tools. … More DIY Soil Health Tests You Can Do On The Farm
To find out which direction we should be headed in terms of soil health we should look back to how it was. … More Looking Back to Move Forward
Wouldn’t it be great if all the inputs, machinery and/or farming practices that promise to grow you an extra 2-5 bu were true and reliable? It would be easy to spend your way to a bumper crop. 2 bushels here, 3 bushels there… done deal! Unfortunately, it is not a compounding effect…. it’s probably easier to spend your way broke than into prosperity. … More A recipe for an 80 bu canola crop
Last week we looked at the important role of carbon in plant growth and soil health (Read “Building Soil Carbon on Your Farm”). Soil carbon and its sequestration have become major buzzwords in agriculture and are getting a lot of attention from spectators worldwide. Climate change and the perceived demise of our cropland has piqued … More Soil Carbon – What is it and how do we measure it?
With new technological developments in measuring soil productivity, more emphasis will be put on stewardship and production potential when determining land values. … More Land Prices and Productivity
Residual nutrient levels on a soil test can fluctuate year to year. Solid fertility plans should be based on yearly testing and long term averages. … More Making a case for yearly soil testing…
Traditionally we have always started soil testing in mid September. The reasoning for this was to try and capture any additional nitrogen mineralized due to warm, late summer weather. Because this amount has been shown to be inconsistent and/or negligable, it may not pay to wait. There are many good reasons to start sampling behind … More Soil sampling behind the combine