Levi Neuharth, Vice Chairman of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, and wife Crystal Neuharth hosted an educational field day at their farm near Fort Pierre on October 4th 2017. Technical personnel and local producers gathered to view full season cover crops which had been implemented with partial funding provided through….
Successful crop production to maximize profitability starts at planting. Selecting the best cultivar,
preparing seed bed, maintaining optimum crop nutrient needs, and seeding at appropriate rates,
date, and time are just a few variables a farmer considers during each planting season.
Regardless of where you are located, it is hard to go out and plant on…..
Dr. David Montgomery is a geologist who has investigated the impacts of degraded
soil health on the past and is looking to see the benefits of healthier soil in the
future. “It is going to become progressively harder for us to feed the world in the future if we
continue with agriculture practices that degrade the productive capacity of our land
base.” His presentation at SDSU….
These days everyone seems to talk about carbon. Carbon credits. Carbon dioxide. Carbon copies.
Ok, that last one is less talked about. But do you know how the carbon cycle affects your farm, or how your farm management affects the carbon cycle? When we think of the benefits of carbon on the farm, we tend to think of the value of grain, or the value of gain from livestock eating the forage.These benefits are real and irreplaceable…..
While the benefits of cover crops are extensive they don’t exactly happen overnight. This reality has lead farmers to seek more readily available ways to utilize cover crops in the short-term, such as using them as a forage crop. We must be aware, though, if we’re to use cover crops as forage that some herbicides carry significant risk for animal consumption. In this regard, timing is everything. This is why Smith says that a good place to start when….
Soil is probably our most important natural resource. It is the foundation or factory for
producing food. Without healthy soil, the system eventually fails; many civilizations in
history have risen and fallen with the over-exploitation and demise of their soil
resources. Soil offers several services for plant and animal production that include
providing an anchor for healthy plant roots, offering essential plant nutrient uptake,
supplying water storage, and cycling and storing carbon and other nutrients for………