Learn How Soil Health Can Decrease Need for Costly Inputs & Provides Increased Profit Opportunities During 2020 Conference
Internationally acclaimed Australian soil health expert, Dr. Christine Jones shares how by increasing soil health, farmers can decrease the need for costly inputs during the fourth annual S.D. Soil Health Coalition Conference (SDSHC) held January 15‐16, 2020 in Watertown, S.D. at the Ramkota Hotel and Watertown Event Center (1901 9th Ave. SW).
“I’m greatly inspired by the multi-species cover crop revolution in the United States. Leading-edge farmers…are showing it’s possible to maintain or even improve crop yields while winding back…
Maximize Living Roots
What do I do now….decisions are being determined that will not only effect 2019 crops but future crops as well. Whether a cash or cover crop, a living root will promote soil biology to benefit subsequent crops, reduce erosion, and cycle water and other nutrients. Keeping a living root, one of the five principles of soil health should encourage the direction of the decision . Living plants harvest sunlight and fix carbon dioxide from the air, producing….
Eliminating Problems Now To Leave Healthier Soil For Next Generation
Jesse Hall, farmer in Eastern Kingsbury County, has seen direct benefits from incorporating crop diversity in his rotations and the integration of both goats and cattle. His father started using a no-till farming system in 1988 and when Hall started farming the land in 1996, he continued to focus on how he could improve the quality of his soil. Hall says some of the land he and his family farm is quite hilly, and since it’s been farmed since the late 1800’s…..
Whether The Weather
As spring arrived like a lion, many are dealing with additional hurdles to overcome. Flooded soils create significant challenges for agricultural lands. As the water recedes on otherwise productive soils, steps to bring the area to a plant able state include…..
Improving Grass Production & Protecting Native Species With Mob Grazing
Grazing to maintain the health of native grasses is an important strategy for ranchers in South Dakota, and for Charlie Totton, learning how to manage his grasslands has been a key tool which has allowed him to improve the health of his soil and operation as a whole. Totton ranches in Brule County with his wife Tanya. Their seedstock/cow calf operation is located…..
Flagship Farmers Inspire Change
Sustainability is a mindset that drives continuous improvement. Almost everyone involved in agriculture carries a great respect for the work and effort of previous generations – for farmers and livestock producers from generational farms, these are parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. But every generation seizes its own opportunities to improve and drive progress. Todays farmers, ranchers, producers and…..