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What You Can Tell by Looking At – And Touching – Your Soil

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to Nick Comerford, University of Florida, and the Soil Science Society of America for this article! If you are outside and want to know something about the soil you are working with, and don’t have any fancy equipment, then this is for you. With a little bit of experience you can get an idea […]

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‘Free Aluminum’ Could Be Costing You Thousands of Dollars In Yield and Quality

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Things that are invisible are not necessarily unimportant: oxygen, carbon monoxide, and gravity, to name a few. This is as true in the soil as it is above ground.  While we tend to think of soil as ‘sand, silt, and clay’, there are many tremendously important things in it that are invisible or barely visible […]

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What Do Different Plants Tell Us About Our Soils and How to Improve Them?

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  4 Comments

Greg Brann, Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Specialist in Tennessee, recently sent some information out to his local farmers about “indicator plants” along with some tips for how to use that information to improve soil health and pasture quality.  It’s good information for everyone to consider. What Are Indicator Plants? Indicator Plants are plants that, […]

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Manure and Bedding Composting for Energy and Fertilizer

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Forage, Money Matters, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

University of New Hampshire researcher John Aber has been using a Northeast SARE Agroecosystems award to explore the waste streams and energy cycles on an organic dairy farm. The purpose of his research is to help dairy farmers take advantage of manure, bedding, and waste hay by turning it into energy and fertilizer for the […]

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Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

This story comes to us from Will Cushman at the Soil Science Society of America. Thanks, Will! It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new Nebraska study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to […]

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