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Discovery Helps Plants Make a Connection With Soil Fungi

By   /  August 12, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Ten years of work result in the discovery of the gene that allows plants and mycorrhizal fungi to interact and could lead to plants that require less fertilizer and can survive and thrive in arid environments.

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How Does Fire Affect Soil Microbes?

By   /  August 5, 2019  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

This article comes to us from Steven Shafer, Ph.D., the former Soil Health Institute interim chief scientific officer and retired soil microbiologist the Noble Research Institute. Fire affects many important ecosystem processes. Much of what we understand about the impact of fire on terrestrial ecosystems comes from many decades of research on the effects of […]

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Does Grazing Crop Residue Compact Soils?

By   /  July 29, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from Will Cushman and the Soil Science Society of America. It goes well with last week’s article of tips on what to do about hay/forage shortage this year and a recommendation to talk to neighbors about grazing crop residue. We hope it helps! It makes sense that a 1,200 pound […]

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I’ve Got This Weed Growing in My Pasture. What Does It Say About My Soil?

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Can weeds tell you about soil health issues? Well, yes and no. I’ve got a lot of experience with weeds since I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions in and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does […]

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The Thrill of Soil Sampling!

By   /  July 8, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

From what I’ve read in Facebook groups and heard from folks, soil sampling isn’t something anyone wants to do. But, the results from a well-executed soil sample, can tell you what your soil is lacking and give you some ideas for how to manage to improve the situation. It can also tell you if your […]

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