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REPORT IDENTIFIES OPPORTUNITIES WITH NON-OPERATOR LANDOWNERS

May 12, 2020 10:30am A new report from American Farmland Trust is challenging misconceptions about non-operator landowners and identifying ways to improve conservation on lands owned by those who don’t farm it. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, director of AFT’s women for the land initiative, says the report challenges the idea that non-operator landowners only care about the bottom line and don’t care about the land. Read more.

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Cover Crops, Livestock Bring Life to No-Till Farm

May 8, 2020 8:20 am Grower and livestock producer Jordan Reimnitz has seen the benefits of going completely no-till on his family farm. By planting cash crops directly into growing cover crops and grazing and integrating livestock on his 1,500-acre Corsica, S.D. operation, Reimnitz says he’s achieving his ultimate conservation goals. “Since everything starts at the soil level, building a resilient soil is a big goal of mine,” Jordan says. “Whether through wet or dry or cold or hot conditions,…

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How are soil microbes affected by fertilizer in soils?

May 5, 2020 8:30 am All soils, microbes and fertilizers are unique. Different farms – or even areas within a farm – may have different situations. The Soil Science Society of America’s (SSSA) May 1st Soils Matter blog explores how fertilizer affects microbes in the soil. According to blogger Connor Sible, “When we think about agricultural fertilizer applications, most people connect those nutrients only to improved plant growth.” Read more.

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Carbonomics: Opening a Carbon Currency Exchange Within a Cover Crop Ecosystem

May 1, 2020 9:38 am Likening a healthy, robust industrial economy to the types of biological activities taking place underground in a no-till, cover-cropped farming system isn’t a stretch of the imagination, says Keith Berns. “Just as we understand farm economics, we need to better understand our soil economy — and not just in dollars and cents on how much grain we’re hauling to town,” he says. Read more.

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Early season weed control in corn

May 1, 2020 9:30 am Given the difficult 2019 season and resulting weed seed production, weed populations could potentially be higher in 2020 compared to previous years. When considering weed control programs, keep in mind both the short range goal of controlling weeds so they are not yield limiting, and also the long range goal of weed seedbank depletion. Good control following seasons in which weed escapes were high will both preserve short term yield and have long lasting effects…

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