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Soil Health Principles Part 5 – Diversity is Key

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  ARS, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

In the fifth part of our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot focuses on the benefits of diversity for improving soil health. In his examples of a garden and two different row crop farmers, he demonstrates how growing a variety of cash crops, and a planting a diverse cover crop mix, can improve soil […]

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Tips for Stockpile Grazing Timing, Fencing and Pasture Size

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

From December of 2016, here are tips on pasture size, fencing equipment and more, to help with successful stockpile grazing. When to Start If possible and practical, it is best to not start grazing stockpiled forage until it goes dormant. Until it goes dormant, every time that solar panel of leaves is removed, the plant […]

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Soil Health Principles Part 4 – Keep Live Roots in the Soil

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

In this, the fourth in our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot talks about how, through photosynthesis, plants create carbon-based sugars, a sizeable portion of which is transferred into the soil via the plant’s roots. There, it feeds the 1-2 tons of soil microbes living in the soil. In return, as they process the […]

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Soil Health Principles Part 3 – Keep the Soil Covered

By   /  November 25, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

This is the third in our series on soil health principles as presented by Buz Kloot, film maker and Research Associate Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. We’re interested in principles because they provide the foundation for the decisions we make […]

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Soil Health Principles Part 2 – Minimize Disturbance

By   /  November 18, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Since 2013, Buz Kloot, film maker and Research Associate Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, has been working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to explore and share the important role soil plays in our lives. The result is three seasons of short videos covering science and practical management […]

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