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Is Compost Tea a Good Way to Add Nutrients and Microbes to Soil?

By   /  February 1, 2021  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Last week’s article on the results of on-farm research about the value of compost tea raised some questions from readers. To answer them, I’ve brought in Robert Pavlis. Robert has a background in chemistry and biochemistry, is a Master Gardener, and author of the book, Soil Science for Gardeners, an easy-to-read, practical guide to the […]

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Synthetic Fertilizer – Where it Comes From and What it Does and Doesn’t Do

By   /  January 25, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

This week John Marble writes about the economics of adding fertilizer to pastures, so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at nitrogen and fertilizer. This piece was inspired by some info John provided about nitrogen and it’s potential impacts. A Little Background In his 1898 inaugural address as president […]

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Interpreting Your Soils Test Report

By   /  December 14, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Agricultural soil testing can be used for many purposes, but the primary use is to determine whether or not lime and/or fertilizer is needed, and, if so, how much. The first step in soil testing is to collect the sample, but, for this article, let’s assume you have collected your soil sample, sent it to […]

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Our Soil-Moisture Reservoir

By   /  December 7, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Our Soil-Moisture Reservoir

Here’s another trip into our past to learn from those whose shoulders we stand on.* We talk a lot about soil moisture and the importance of managing pastures so that they can absorb and hold precipitation whenever it comes. With this article from the October 1963 issue of “Soil Conservation,” Cecil Wadleigh, takes us deeper, […]

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Microbes Can Unlock Soil Phosphorus to Enhance Plant Growth

By   /  November 30, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Phosphorus is a critical plant nutrient. It stimulates root growth, is part of photosynthesis and transferring nutrients through the plant, and without, maturity is delayed and fruits and seeds are few and poorly formed. The good news is that there is lots of phosphorous in the soil, with concentrations ranging from 200 to 6,000 pounds […]

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