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Is More Soil Organic Matter Always Better?

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  15 Comments

Here’s a press release from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies sharing some new information about soil organic matter’s contribution to crop yields. While increasing soil organic matter provides numerous benefits (like carbon sequestration, improved water-holding capacity and reduced run-off and erosion), it turns out that some of the science about increases in production […]

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Thinking of Seeding Your Pastures?

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

By this time of year, any seeding of forages would be considered a dormant seeding. Seeds planted now will lay there until the right conditions present themselves closer to spring. Most producers with pasture or hay ground understand the concept of “frost-seeding.” Frost-seeding is taking advantage of the freeze-thaw process of the soil during winter […]

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You Can’t Grow Beans From Cracks in the Ground

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Although I was trained in science, I never really made much of a scientist. All that sitting around in the lab, mucking out petri dishes and gathering data, well, I just really couldn’t stand it. What I wanted was to be out in the field, observing nature. And perhaps that’s why I wound up here […]

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There’s Just Not Enough Manure in the World

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  6 Comments

Last week we shared an article from the Soil Science Society of America that pointed out the benefits of using manure to fertilize and improve soils. The results are not surprising. Countless trials have described the beneficial results of applying manure. So why do we still use inorganic, manmade fertilizers? Andrew McGuire’s answer, after doing […]

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Manure vs Inorganic Fertilizer – Which One is Better?

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  4 Comments

Thanks to the Soil Science Society of America for this article. In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied two fields in South Dakota. From 2003 to 2015, the research team applied either […]

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