Soil Health en Veris Technologies and The Climate Corporation establish new partnership to deliver more precise soil mapping <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p><em>Editor&rsquo;s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Veris Technologies and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, recently announced a partnership that will make high resolution soil maps from Veris on-the-go soil sensors available as a key data layer for the agronomic models in The Climate Corporation&#39;s Climate FieldView platform.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:35:06 +0000 107611 at Interseed learning curve <div class="field-deck"> Cover crop soil building potential drives Iowa farmer to find early seeding success. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An Iowa farmer is experimenting with interseeding cover crops into almost knee-high corn.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health cover crops Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:49:00 +0000 107331 at <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;">Interseeded brassicas like radishes and turnips grew especially well in 2016; &nbsp;annual ryegrass, clover and others in the mix also looked good in late August.&nbsp;</p> Green Autumn fields <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>How many of your corn and soybean fields are green with cover crops after harvest? Like the cover photo, or this nice North Dakota corn field with interseeded cover crops?</p> <p>How many of your fields have been ripped and blanket fertilized?</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s true the latter practice, along with its predecessor the moldboard plow, helped turn the U.S. into the breadbasket of the world. But such productivity took a toll &ndash; poor soils that are hooked on chemicals. Hence the need for soil rehab.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health soil health Think Different Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:19:00 +0000 107311 at Universities test equipment and right species for cover crops <div class="field-byline"> Jonathan Eisenthal and Kurt Lawton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Two universities are ensuring farmers have what they need to plant cover crops. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The research is too new for some universities to make a recommendation but pick an area that you are willing to ‘give up,’ because these are new systems and all the kinks haven’t been worked out. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health soil health Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:40:00 +0000 107301 at Time for soil rehab <div class="field-byline"> Jonathan Eisenthal and Kurt Lawton </div> <div class="field-deck"> There is a new task for farmers: rebuilding organic matter in soils. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the loss of half the soil organic matter in the Corn Belt, it’s time for cover crop innovation</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health soil health Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:30:00 +0000 107291 at <p>Hairy vetch plants from the Kingma farm. The extensive roots provide a big part of the benefit to such cover crops, by creating channels for the flow of water and adding to structure and organic matter of the soil.&nbsp;</p> Dan Perkins, Jasper (Indiana) SWCD Top 5 Ag stories: Tar spot, a view of the northern lights and calibrating yield monitors <div class="node-body gallery-body">In this week's top 5 ag stories, we get a look at tar spot and whether or not it's too early to sell the 2017 soybean crop. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Soil Health Field Crops Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +0000 107121 at The case for strip till: Healthy soil, less tile, better root growth <div class="field-deck"> Can’t get enough residue. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>After 11 years of strip till, Dennis Smith has built his night crawler numbers up to the point that there’s not enough soybean residue to go around. He also doesn't need to tile or use grass waterways because of better water infiltration.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Soil Health Strip Till Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:27:00 +0000 106141 at <p>Dennis Smith committed to strip till 11 years ago, sold his field cultivator, and hasn&rsquo;t looked back. He says there&rsquo;s a learning curve with strip till, and you have to commit to the time it takes to see soil changes, but he&rsquo;d never go back to full width tillage.</p> Photo: Lynn Betts Strip till builds soil conditions, root strength and better yields <div class="field-byline"> By Jonathan Eisenthal </div> <div class="field-deck"> The strip promotes uniform emergence and builds soil biology. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">University of Minnesota researchers found that strip-till benefits soil conditions by measuring an 8.6 percent increase in soil organic matter in five years. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health Tillage Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:19:00 +0000 105441 at 4 Ways to minimize soil compaction <div class="field-byline"> Source: Iowa State University </div> <div class="field-deck"> 4 Management decisions to minimize soil compaction </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Soil compaction can cost producers yields, but with proper field management, compaction can be minimized.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health Drainage Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:50:00 +0000 105381 at 5 Ag stories: Soybean planting, pesticide labels, price expectations <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for soybean planting and a reminder about pesticide labels. Learn what university experts are predicting for corn and soybean prices and how one farmer is making no-till work in the north. Finally, enjoy some apps for your smartphone.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health Soybeans Crop Protection Marketing soybean planting Pesticides Prices Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:10:00 +0000 103871 at