NCGA Moves Forward with Farmer Success

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It should be noted that the efforts of growers to create healthier soils and cleaner water are having an impact, which is why the National Corn Growers Association is taking that momentum forward. Last week the staff of the NCGA in Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio met to learn more about the balance between …

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4-H Challenges Students to Tackle Soil Health

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Students in the midwest are tackling the challenges of healthy soils as part of the 2017 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE) activity. Sponsored by Monsanto, the two-part challenge was developed by The Ohio State University and focuses on soil composition, impacts of tillage, and new ways to farm. Teams of students in 4-H clubs, camps, after school programs, and enrichment …

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Soil Health Institute Action Plan Unveiled

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The Soil Health Institute (SHI) has unveiled the “Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life” Soil Health Action Plan during a National Press Club event. “This is an exciting time to be working in soil health,” said SHI president and CEO Wayne Honeycutt. “The action plan identifies critical goals and priorities. It helps identify key gaps in our knowledge and implementation…and we’ve identified specific …

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Soil Health Institute to Unveil National Plan

Kelly Marshall

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a leading resource for science-based soil health information, is unveiling a National Soil Health Action Plan they’ve been developing with the help of experts, including those in agriculture, for the past four years. The announcement will take place on May 18 at 9:00 a.m. a the First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club in Washington D.C. …

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Food, Conservation Groups Invest in Soil

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Some major consumer and conservation organizations are working together to help create better soil health and enhance farm sustainability. A $2 million investment from General Mills will provide tools and resources for The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute, and Soil Health Partnership to use in working with farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to create healthier soil while providing food …

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Veris Unveils On-the-Go Sensors at #NFMS17

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Corn prices are not going up and land prices aren’t going down, so farmers need to be more efficient with what they have, said Tyler Lund of Veris Technologies. Farmers drive through the field during harvest and watch yields go up and down where the soil changes, but it takes software to better understand and make the most of those …

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Smartphone App Balances Conservation and Production

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The LandPKS suite of mobile apps provides specific information about soils to anyone with a smartphone, says USDA soil scientist Jeff Herrick. LandPKS, (Land-Potential Knowledge System) is made up of the LandInfo and LandCover modules, including cloud computing, digital soil-mapping data, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to give information about the sustainable potential and future climate of a piece …

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Des Moines Hosts 3rd Soil Health Summit

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Nearly 200 scientists, industry leaders, environmentalists, water quality experts and farmers gathered in Des Moines last week for third annual summit of the Soil Health Partnership, a project to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through healthy soil. “Through this program, we have powerful analytics underway providing early indicators of tangible links between soil health and enhanced farm performance,” said …

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Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality

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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 …

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Maryland Cattle Operation Shows Conservation Success

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Conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has been on the national radar for years. Now the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts are showing off successful conservation efforts by local farmers and ranchers. A recent event at Hedgeapple Farm, a Maryland Angus operation, highlighted the volunteer efforts that have lead to improvement of the Bay’s …

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