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Archive | Corn Soil Management

Learn management and improvement practices for your soil to create the best conditions for top quality, high yield corn production. This includes management of soil, soil health, soil life, humus, minerals, nutrients and more.

Soil management creates healthy corn

True Soil Health: Create the Capacity to Function Without Intervention

Appropriate intervention when absolutely needed is wise, but the goal is minimum intervention — in other words do everything you can to get the soils healthy and mineralized. Mineralize your soils using exchangeable nutrient sources that come from the carbon biological system. You have to create an ideal home for soil life and feed them […]

farming to improve soil health

Farming to Improve Soil Health

My main goal on my farm is to build soils and grow high-yielding crops without lots of synthetic inputs. That’s why I work in a lot of young, succulent cover crops and put on dairy manure and chicken manure. I also want to maintain or increase my organic matter levels, so I also use compost […]

humic acid

Humic Acid: The Science of Humus and How it Benefits Soil

Humic acid (humus) is powerful stuff, and a tiny amount can give a huge measurable result. We’ve seen as little as 40 total pounds on an acre of farmland increase the yield of a crop dramatically.

Plant roots

Humus: What is it and How is it Formed?

Humus forms as a result of the complicated interplay of inorganic conversions and the life processes of the microbes and tiny creatures living in the soil.

Rows of organically managed corn on the left compared to rows of conventionally managed corn on the right

Boosting Corn Yields By Balancing Nutrients

Corn is the one crop that exhibits production potential beyond the dreams of possibility. Twinning, even three ears per stalk, is evi­dently possible, even practical, albeit elusive.