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Here’s a Great Resource for Learning More About Your Plants

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

Are you considering planting a new kind of forage in your pasture? Do you have trees or bushes that you’re trying to manage and you need to know more about them to be successful? Would you like to know what plants grow in your state? Well, here’s the website you need to answer all those […]

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Understanding the Two Sides to Soil Organic Matter Can Help Us Improve Soil Health

By   /  January 6, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

This story comes to us from Anne Manning at Colorado State University. It’s helpful to our community because it gives us a better understanding of what is going on in the soil beneath our feet as we work to improve soil health. It turns out there are two different kinds of soil organic matter – […]

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Meet the Father of Soil Conservation

By   /  December 23, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

More than 100 years ago, a young scientist, Hugh Hammond Bennett, recognized that the United States was at risk of losing it’s most important resource – it’s soil. He made it his mission to change the trajectory of agriculture at a time of great crisis and to provide farmers and ranchers with the information and […]

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This Regenerative Rancher Manages for Grass

By   /  December 16, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  5 Comments

This piece was first published in November of 1962 in “Soil Conservation,” the monthly magazine of the Soil Conservation Service. It was written by Albert P. Thatcher and Brent J. Harrison, range conservationists with the Soil Conservation Service (today’s NRCS) in Casper and Gillette, Wyoming respectively. As you’ll notice, the practices of the rancher described […]

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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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