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What happens on the surface impacts soil below

April 28, 2020 8:43 am Interested in learning how tillage and crop management impact soil? Step down into some 4-foot-deep pits scattered around a field, poke at the walls with your jackknife and observe the differences in soil color, structure and texture. That’s what dozens of participants did last fall when the University of Minnesota Extension, along with various partners, hosted two days of hands-on learning in a farm field near Granite Falls. Read more.

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Soil health helps ease burden of wet growing season

April 28, 2020 8:40 am For more than 20 years, Brian Pfarr has worked with farmers to implement sustainable practices and improve soil health. It was at a training session where he was presenting advice on growing cover crops that a farmer in attendance asked if he practiced what he preached. He had already made efforts to reduce tillage on his Redwood County, Minnesota farm. But the question spurred him to experiment with cover crops, and he’s been doing it…

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Agriculture’s greenhouse-gas emissions sink

April 27, 2020 8:54 am U.S. farmers and ranchers have long been at the forefront of climate-smart farming, utilizing scientific solutions, technology and innovations to raise crops or care for livestock. Those efforts are designed to protect soil and water, efficiently manage manure, produce clean and renewable energy, capture carbon and improve sustainability. Read more.

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Interactive tool: Explore an on-farm corn research plot studying nitrogen economics in Minnesota

April 24, 2020 9:14 am With this interactive tool, Extension educator Greg Klinger takes you on a virtual journey through one of the nitrogen management studies he worked on with U of M soil scientist Jeff Vetsch in 2019. Like others conducted across the state every year, this on-farm trial near Elgin, Minnesota explored which nitrogen rate and timing are most economical for Minnesota corn growers. Read more.

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Lower C:N Ratios, Termination Determine Nitrogen from Covers

April 24, 2020 9:13 am The No. 1 question Scott Wohltman gets asked by growers using cover crops is: How much nitrogen (N) am I getting from cover crops, and when will it be available? The answer isn’t cut and dry, says the certified crop advisor and agronomist with La Crosse Seed. But in a recent No-Till Farmer webinar, Wohltman explained how much N growers can expect from different cover crop species, what influences the amount of N they fix and…

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US AGRICULTURE CONTINUES TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

April 20, 2020 9:53 am US farmers and ranchers continue to reduce per-unit greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA’s latest greenhouse gas inventory report. AFBF released an analysis on the EPA report, which identifies agriculture’s and other economic sectors’ contributions to greenhouse gas emissions for 2018 and earlier years. Read more.

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