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healthy soil life and cover crop

Building the Microbial Bridge to Support Nutrient Availability

It’s strange to think that plants have a hard time getting enough nutrients when soils are composed of around 45 percent minerals. Many of those minerals are the nutrients plants need to grow, photosynthesize, flower, pollinate and produce fruit or seeds. Although soil is a huge bank of minerals, most of those minerals are not […]

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 […]

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 […]