Soil Health Introduction and Transitioning

Cover Crop Challenges

A mix of spring forage barely, Indian mustard, black oats, winter peas, and crimson clover was planted on April 1. Cows were put on it May 7 and pulled around June 21. At that time,…

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New ground: Where to start the regeneration process?

If you were getting a new piece of ground that had been conventionally tilled the last 16 years, where would you start the regeneration process?  I can’t soil test yet, but know that it hasn’t…

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Building Soils for Better Crops – Sustainable Soil Management

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Why is soil health important?

Answer from Nick Guetterman, Bucyrus, KS: Healthy soil grows healthy crops.  Healthy Soils can receive and store more water and nutrients.  Water infiltrates healthy soil at a much faster rate so less water runs off…

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How can I tell if my soil is healthy?

Answer from Nick Guetterman, Bucyrus, KS: My first simple gauge to tell if my soil is healthy is to look at soil organic matter content compared to organic matter in similar soils that are in…

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Where do I start? How do I find a mentor? Is there funding available to help me make changes?

Answer from Nick Guetterman, Bucyrus, KS: There are many resources available to learn about soil health practices.  No-till on the Plains and The No-till farmer magazine are a couple examples.  They both hold annual conferences…

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Transitioning to Soil Health Systems for Beginners: Where do I start?

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Strategy to Improve Soil Health in a Wheat, Corn, Millet, Fallow System

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