Soil health news
The Vermilion Watershed Field Tour will be held Aug. 11 to explore conservation and soil health practices that will benefit both the watershed and the bottom line.
Illinois soils have been drying out after the wet weather at the end of June, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey.
The United States is making a big bet on the role that farmers can play in mitigating climate change.
Soil health is still a relatively new idea and it is currently getting a lot of attention. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $6.3 million dollars in soil health grants in April 2021.
When was the last time you grabbed your favorite shovel or spade and took a walk through your fields? A simple shovel test can reveal several things about soil that you may want to take into consideration this year and looking forward.
Building a consensus around profitability and environmental sustainability is the fundamental hurdle in efforts to improving soil health and water quality.
Soil health systems increased net income for 85% of farmers growing corn and 88% growing soybeans, according to an evaluation from the Soil Health Institute and Cargill. The project was conducted to provide farmers with the economic information they need when deciding whether to adopt soil health practices.
Avoiding mistakes at planting can prevent heartache later on. Excessive soil compaction is a common mistake that can be avoided with proper knowledge and planning.
Early and even emergence along with precise spacing are important to getting crops off to a good start. “With all the new technology, the fundamental pieces of a planting operation are still key,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager.
Spring soil sampling is right around the corner and the soil samples that will be pulled in 2021 will be providing useful data through the 2025 growing season.