Soil Carbon – What is it and how do we measure it?

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?

The Dark Side of Tillage

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

Embrace change… it’s constant and inevitable

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