Pennsylvania: Soil Health – Can I Increase Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

🕔Jan 16, 2018This fall, I participated in workshops where a farmer claimed his soil organic matter increased by 1% per year. Is this a realistic goal to shoot for? The source of […]

Soil Health: How Much Does an Acre of Soil 6 Inches Deep Weigh? – DTN

🕔Mar 7, 2017When it comes to increasing soil health, we most often focus on increasing organic matter.   Practices that build organic matter include reducing tillage, planting more high-residue crops such as […]

No-Till and Cover Crops Cut Expenses: 12 Lessons Learned – DTN

🕔Mar 4, 2017Nick Vinje didn’t grow up hearing, “This is how we’ve always done things.” That left the self-described city kid more open to change.   After 16 years of conventional farming, […]

Did Dust Bowl’s Ravages End in the 1940s? New Study Says No

🕔Oct 30, 2015A recent study led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation’s soil, […]

Flint on Crops: Cover Crops, Why These 3 Types Work

🕔Oct 5, 2015    The use of cover crops to improve soil quality and to reduce soil erosion is certainly not a new concept but it is enjoying renewed interest. Yearbooks of […]

Flint on Crops: Efficient Water Use, Soil Improvement Necessary

🕔Sep 21, 2015A year like this one can teach us a lot about the importance of water in the production of crops. Here in the Hills we have to make the most […]

Georgia: Winter Peas for Cover Crop

🕔Mar 20, 2015Austrian winter peas make a good cover crop and they leave organic matter and some nitrogen for a future crop in the soil since they are a legume. Local grower […]

Soil: How Much Nutrient is Lost from Erosion?

🕔Mar 9, 2015The loss of organic matter and its nutrient value by erosion has significant effect on both the long-term sustainability of the soil nutrient pool and soil productivity. Nutrient availability in […]

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