Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality

Kelly Marshall

In parts of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas the loss of topsoil leaves growers to work with difficult claypan soil, but researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are hopeful about a solution.  Studies show switchgrass, a perennial plant commonly used for biofuels, can build up the soil quality on farms that have …

Conservation, erosion, Research, Soil

Summer Field Days Focus on Soil Health

Joanna Schroeder

With summer in full swing, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) has kicked off its field days with a focus on how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can create long-term environmental and economic benefits. The field days began in June and will continue through September with a focus on the Midwest, specifically Iowa and Illinois. …

Agribusiness, Conservation, Cover Crops, erosion, Nutrient Management, Soil Health Partnership, Tillage

2015 National No-Tillage Conference

Jamie Johansen

Behind the theme of “Building Better No-Till Practices,” the 2015 National No-Tillage Conference (NNTC) from Jan. 14-17 lands on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the fifth time in the conference’s 23-year history. The just-completed conference program offers cutting-edge farmers 45 presentations over 4 highly valuable days of learning. Sharing the best no-till management practices and …

Ag Group, erosion, Events, No Till

Soil Health Partnership Field Days Move to Illinois

Jamie Johansen

Soil Health Partnership field days resume their schedule of presentations and demonstrations on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Corn farmers David, Joe and Chase Brown will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors on their farm near Decatur, Illinois. The day’s agenda topics will include the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems, and …

Ag Group, erosion, Events, Soil

Replant Flooded Land to Prevent Erosion

Jamie Johansen

Don’t wait to develop a restoration plan for land devastated by recent floods. Quick action can prevent erosion and maintain soil health, said Matt Fenske, vice president of Business Development for Millborn Seeds, a quarter century old grass seed company located in Brookings and North Sioux City, S.D. “I know it’s an overwhelming mess today, but if nothing is done …

Ag Group, Conservation, environment, erosion, seed, Soil