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Archive | January, 2019

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Mob Grazing Sheep

Acres U.S.A. reader query: I am looking for information on mob grazing sheep. I am most interested in how it is done; what kind of fences or techniques will hold sheep in; and what kind of animal impact results. When mob grazing is written about it is almost exclusively about cattle. Cattle are great, but […]

Front cover of Science in Agriculture

Book excerpt: Science in Agriculture by Arden B. Andersen

In his book Science in Agriculture, author Arden B. Anderson sought to apply true, natural science to agriculture. Readers should gain a working knowledge of chemistry, physics, and plant biology as applied to agriculture; discover what weeds are communicating about your soil’s fertility needs; and learn how to design and implement a program to produce […]

Fred Provenza

Tractor Time Episode 25: Fred Provenza, Author & Animal Behavior Expert

Animal behaviorist Fred Provenza has spent his academic career researching how animals respond to flavor-feedback relationships.

Example of soil carbon difference between two samples

Understanding Soil Carbon Dynamics

Carbon is an often overlooked, but very important com­ponent of the soil. We know how to manage nitrogen, phos­phorus and potassium for maximum production, and that micronutrients play a critical role in crop yield and disease resistance. Deficiencies can usually be corrected relatively quickly through the addition of soil or foliar fertilizer ap­plications. While soil […]

Front cover of Maple on Tap

Book excerpt: Maple on Tap by Rich Finzer

Rich Finzer, author of the book Maple on Tap, has two decades’ worth of experience producing maple syrup. That experience is distilled into the each chapter of this book, which includes step-by-step instructions for all sugaring activities from tapping to bottling, as age-old skills are enhanced with modern technology. There are also plenty of beautiful, […]

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Community Seed Network

For farmers and gardeners who practice the time-honored tradition of preserving seed and trading with neighbors and friends, the swapping circle just got a whole lot bigger. A collaboration between the Seed Savers Exchange and USC Canada has launched an online resource for seed savers of all experience levels known as the Community Seed Network […]