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Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

In the past we’ve written about research that shows plants are better at reducing soil compaction than subsoilers. But how do can they do that? Well, today’s story gives us the answer courtesy of researchers at Duke University. Thanks to Robin Smith and Veronique Koch for this excellent story! Be sure to watch the roots […]

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A Focus on Soil Health Helps Farmer/Grazier Through Weather Extremes

By   /  April 19, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Forecasters are predicting that extreme weather events are going to become more and more common in the future. This article from Lynn Betts and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition provides an example of what we can do to “weather” this new reality. You can meet Craig in this 3:24 video where he talks about […]

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Researchers Have New Information on How Soil Feeds on the Air We Breathe

By   /  April 12, 2021  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

The soil in a grassland, a forest, a wetland and a desert is quietly working, transforming trace gases in the atmosphere. New research led by Associate Professor Chris Greening from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute has found that more than 70% of soil bacteria feed on the hydrogen, carbon monoxide and methane in the air we […]

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What Do Plant Roots Do for Soil Health?

By   /  March 15, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on What Do Plant Roots Do for Soil Health?

“Maximizing Living Roots” is the third principle of soil health and it’s focused on feeding the soil. When I first saw this phrase, I confess–it struck me as a bit odd:  since living roots can’t exist without whole living plants, why not just say “maximize living plants?” After a while it dawned on me—if we […]

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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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