July 20, 2020 10:00 am Experts believe these soil microbes could also have a big impact on the nutritional content of our food. Moreover, the plants we eat and the dirt we come in contact with may also directly fortify our own gut microbiomes. The discovery of this link between soil health and human health has commanded the attention of big food companies, farmers, scientists, and environmental organizations, and it’s sparked a research boom that may soon tell us whether…
July 10, 2020 8:08 am More and more growers are becoming interested in cover crops and no-till and the soil health benefits they can provide. A 4-year study conducted by South Dakota State University (SDSU) and USDA-Agricultural Research Service reiterates just that fact. The study found leaving crop residue in the field and adding covers can positively impact soil health parameters such as soil organic carbon, bulk density, penetration resistance and soil water infiltration. Read more.
July 7, 2020 8:45 am Designing an on-farm system for removing phosphorus in field runoff or subsurface drainage could become easier to do thanks to the “P-Trap,” a new software program from Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators. Read more.
June 30, 2020 8:50 am Wisconsin farmers can learn about several grant opportunities available through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) during a grant-writing webinar on Wednesday, July 15, starting at 1 p.m. Read more.
June 26, 2020 8:45 am If wet spring weather has kept you from being able to plant, you may end up planting green into heavy cover crops, according to Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff. Read more.
June 25, 2020 8:30 am A new resource is available to guide farmers and their partners in conservation on the road to success with the launch of the Producer-Led Group Roadmap: Finding Success in Farmer-Led Watershed Organizations. The document is the result of a collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA) and The Nature Conservancy. Read more.