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What Farming Challenges Did the Pilgrims Face?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

This comes to us from Tom Sauer, USDA-ARS, and the Soils Matter Blog from the Soil Science Society of America. The Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in ancient harvest festivals. Grateful people came together to celebrate a successful harvest. Before trade networks or long-term food storage, failed crops meant hunger or even starvation, so bountiful […]

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What 30 Years of Study Tell Us About Grazing and Carbon Sequestration

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  16 Comments

In the first part in this series we told you that decades of grassland research show that grazing does not seem to have much influence on increasing carbon in the soil. On the other hand, many graziers have noted that their good grazing management seems to be increasing soil organic matter (SOM), and since soil […]

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Does Grazing Sequester Carbon? Part 2 – Some Background

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  4 Comments

We’re working on a series of articles that explore what the research tells us about grazing and soil carbon sequestration. It’s a complex topic, and as with all things science, there is a lot of background information that may not be covered in the papers themselves. So, before we take a deep dive into the […]

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Does Grazing Sequester Carbon? Part 1

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  6 Comments

If you’ve heard that grazing is good for the planet because it can sequester more carbon in the soil, you’re not alone. The hypothesis goes like this: When livestock take a bite of grass, the grass plant sloughs off an equal amount of root mass below ground. That dead material is full of carbon. Microbes […]

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Biodiversity Makes Us Stronger and More Resilient

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

Biodiversity – like having lots of different plants, bugs and wildlife in our pastures, some of which we might not even like – doesn’t always make managing our grazing  easy. But before we wish away all that “difference,” here’s a story from the news desk at the Smithsonian Institute describing the important role biodiversity can […]

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