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Moderate Grazing Repairs Soils

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Dennis O’Brien and researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service for their assistance on this article. Decades of plowing throughout the Piedmont region of the United States have degraded the soil, allowing much of it to be washed away, and robbing what is left of nutrients and organic matter. Sorghum, cotton, soybean, and […]

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Let’s Waste Grass With Jim Gerrish – Part 2

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

This piece is drawn from a presentation Jim Gerrish did in 2015 sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center. We’ve embedded the 15:20 video of the presentation where Jim talks about the benefits of “wasting grass.” We’re also summarizing it in two bite size articles to make it easier for all you farmers and ranchers on […]

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Let’s Waste Grass With Jim Gerrish – Part 1

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  8 Comments

This piece is drawn from a presentation Jim Gerrish did in 2015 sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center. We’ve embedded the 15:20 video of the presentation where Jim talks about the benefits of “wasting grass.” We’re also summarizing it in two bite size articles to make it easier for all you farmers and ranchers on […]

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Different Cover Crops Release Nitrogen at Different Rates

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Even if you’re not growing cover crops to feed your cash crops, this is great information because it gives us more insight into the mystery of how plants add nitrogen to our soils to help us. Thanks to the Soil Science Society of America for sharing this with us. A circle of life-and nitrogen-is playing […]

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A Farmer and a Farm Are Saved By Soil Health

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on A Farmer and a Farm Are Saved By Soil Health

Thanks to Ron Nichols of the Natural Resources Conservation Service for this article about a farmer so inspired by an NRCS Soil Health Meeting that he decided not to leave the farm, but to leave conventional agriculture instead. Jonathan Cobb had made up his mind. He was leaving the farm. “I was disillusioned with farming […]

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