How you manage your soil: The soil is a biological system … it only functions as well as the things living within it.
Humans have been tilling the soil and practicing agriculture for quite some time. W. C. Lowdermilk’s classic agricultural report of 1939, “Conquest of the Land Through 7,000 Years,” gives us a basic history of human-induced degradation of the soil. Even though tillage has been used for a long time to control weeds and facilitate the […]
Oftentimes, the opportunity to add both diversity and living roots feeding your agricultural soil occurs after cash crops are in the bin.
Now that harvest has wrapped up, it’s time to set our sights on next season. Developing a micronutrient strategy is something many growers should now begin to set their crops up for success in the new year. Kyle Lilly, senior product manager and certified crop adviser for Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition, has five things to […]
A new educational multimedia series about soil health, called Stories from the Soil, is being launched — a collaboration between Tim Hammerich, the host of the Future of Agriculture podcast, and the ag tech company Cool Planet. They will travel across the U.S. to hear from farmers, land stewards, and researchers on soil health management practices, innovation, […]
Cover crops are receiving a lot of attention by nearly everyone involved in agriculture. They are once again becoming a very versatile tool that can provide many ecosystem services while also improving a producer’s bottom line. Cover crops are loosely defined as something planted to serve a multitude of purposes while not typically being harvested […]
With just a few exceptions, plants are the energetic envy of the world. No “higher” organisms are graced with the gift of photosynthesis — seemingly making sugars from scratch. But all these textbook praises about self-sufficiency are being charitable. While plants may be the consummate carb loaders, they’re also freeloaders. They can’t conjure up everything […]
Today, American Farmland Trust joins other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a “Learning Lab” for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester […]