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
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?
As land owners, we need to ensure that our land is healthy and nourished, not only our plants. … More A Meal Plan for Soil Health
I recently came across an article written by NDSU Extension Agent, Brad Brummond, titled “40 Chances”. In the article Brad shares his thoughts on Howard G. Buffets book also titled as you may guess. “40 Chances”. Howard G Buffet is the son of Warren Buffet and among many other things also happens be a farmer. … More 40 Chances to Grow your Best Crop
Phosphate fertilizers are applied in the top 3-4” of a soil profile and don’t typically move much. One of the biggest challenges to getting accurate year to year results is a consistent sampling depth. It’s crucial to get an accurate 0-6” depth. … More Soil Test P – Making a case for annual soil testing
Starter fertilizer can have a negative effect on canola seedling emergence, especially on eroded knolls testing high in calcium carbonates. … More Canola emergence on clay soils
The modern approach to agriculture is focused on the production of monoculture crops (one plant species grown at once). Production often includes practices such as tilling in fall or spring to prep the seedbed, followed by the addition of synthetic fertilizers for optimum yield. The latest and greatest seed varieties are then planted which could … More Keep your microbes happy!
Global food production occurs on 11% of the world’s arable land, with 95% of the food being produced in topsoil. Some studies report that almost half of the world’s topsoil has been lost since the implementation of modern farming practices in the 20th Century. Healthy topsoil can take 500 years to develop and less than … More The Dark Side of Tillage
Last week I was able to participate in the annual DIRT workshop hosted by NDSU that focusses on soil health. Now, I can almost guarantee that most producers reading this article have heard the term “soil health” but may not be familiar with what these terms mean for them or their farm. Therefore, I have … More What exactly is soil health?
The face of farming has changed over time from breaking ground and ploughing with a horse to GPS, autosteer equipment, and autonomous tractors. If you were to survey people about their feelings of change, most would say they don’t like it. Humans are hard wired to perceive change as a threat and usually respond with … More Embrace change… it’s constant and inevitable