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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  /  5 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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The Four Principles of Soil Health Applied to Forages

By   /  October 22, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

  Soil Health is one of the main tools that will help sustain farms in the future. It will help us feed the world. NRCS recognizes four principles of soil health. They are very basic but can be applied many different ways to any agricultural system. Here is how I implement them on my forage […]

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Can Cover Crops and Rotational Grazing Extend Your Grazing Season?

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Can Cover Crops and Rotational Grazing Extend Your Grazing Season?

Thanks to the UDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service for sharing this story and the photos with us! Jared Namken is an Angus man. Red Angus, specifically. A fourth-generation farmer-rancher in Lake Norden, South Dakota, he hopes to pass on his operation to generation five with the soil in even better shape than when he started. […]

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