AcresUSA.com links

Archive | Fertilizers

Hands-on Agronomy, by Neal Kinsey and Charles Walters

Book of the Week: Hands-on Agronomy

The book Hands-On Agronomy, by Neal Kinsey and Charles Walters, is a comprehensive manual on effective soil fertility management providing many on-farm examples to illustrate the various principles and how to use them. The function of micronutrients, earthworms, soil drainage, tilth, soil structure, and organic matter is explained in thorough detail. The excerpt below details […]

Photo10

Soil Sentinels: Harness The Power of Earthworms

When moist, practically all soils from tundra to lowland tropics support the activity of earthworms. Largely unseen, earthworms are a diverse, powerful workforce with the capacity to transform soil into fertile ground. Found in 27 families, more than 700 genera and greater than 7,000 species, earthworms vary from about 1 inch to 2 yards long. […]

Secrets of Fertile Soil

Book of the Week: Secrets of Fertile Soils

By Erhard Hennig Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Acres U.S.A. original book, Secrets of Fertile Soils, written by Erhard Hennig. Copyright 2015, softcover, 198 pages. $24.00 regularly priced. SALE PRICE: $19.20. Humus forms as a result of the complicated interplay of inorganic conversions and the life processes of the microbes and tiny creatures […]

Gary Zimmer stands in a field

Book of the Week: The Biological Farmer, 2nd Edition

  The book, The Biological Farmer, Second Edition, by Gary Zimmer with Leilani Zimmer Durand, is a practical, how-to guide on biological farming. In this greatly expanded, revised edition of a modern farming classic, Gary Zimmer draws on a lifetime of farming experience and adds in the latest science and experience on modern issues facing […]

Dan Gagnon discusses soil structure at Broadfork Farm in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Quest for Quality: Growing Nutrient-Dense Crops

For Central Virginia farmers Dan Gagnon and Susan Hill, the best proof that they’re doing things right with their soil to produce nutrient-dense crops comes from the mouths of babes and customers facing health challenges. Gagnon and his wife, Janet Aardema, operate Broadfork Farm in Chesterfield, Virginia. Gagnon likes to observe how children interact with […]

the year two spring rye crop — note how few weeds are present. This rye grew well during the spring and early summer,
and was ready for harvest in mid-July. At right shows the rye straw after the grain was combined. Yields were about 35 bushels/
acre of rye seed the first year and 4 bales of straw/acre. This year, the yield was 52 bushels/acre of rye seed and 8 bales of straw/acre.

Transitioning to Organic: Strategies for Success

With conventional prices for corn, beans, wheat and dairy really low right now and both prices and demand for organic products high, a lot of growers are thinking about transitioning to organic. For most growers, one of the biggest deterrents to going organic is the 36-month-long process of transition, during which time you can use […]