In February 2020, there was much anxiety around the planting season as because of so much moisture much of South Dakota had received in the previous year. In May 2020, Kent Vlieger, SD NRCS state soil health specialist followed up in Garretson SD and Hutchinson County, SD to see how the planting season was going. …
Ep 11: Resilience (Weeds, Covers and Termination)
This podcast is the third in the series 6 “Resilience” podcast series we recorded in Mitchell, SD (podcasts 1-5) and Crooks (Podcast 6), the backdrop was the extremely wet weather on 2019; at the time of recording the James River had frozen outside of it’s banks and there was every expectation of another wet summer….
Ep 09: Moisture, Rutting and Covers
This podcast is the first in the series 6 “Resilience” podcast series we recorded in Mitchell, SD (podcasts 1-5) and Crooks (Podcast 6), the backdrop was the extremely wet weather on 2019; at the time of recording the James River had frozen outside of it’s banks and there was every expectation of another wet summer….
Overcoming Ruts and Erosion
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In extreme weather conditions like 2019, issues like rutting are unavoidable—though that doesn’t mean farmers don’t get some say. While ruts are still a reality, farmers are finding that no-till fields feature far fewer of them than conventional. With that in mind, how can no-till and conventional till farmers best handle existing ruts and what…
SD Cropcast 04: Agronomist Kurt Dagel
Sustainable Farming in Extreme Conditions (Stiefvater 2/3)
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Even if a farmer does everything right, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate. When we farm conventionally, these extreme weather conditions can often lead to a complete crop failure. But when we incorporate soil health principles, we start to conserve available nutrients and water and protect our soils against erosion. All of this leads to a…
The Most Powerful Question in Agriculture
What does Mother Nature want? As farmers, we do a lot to fight her. If the soil is hard, we till it. If our crops have weeds, we spray them. If the land doesn’t have the right amount of nutrients, we inject them. This has been the way to farm for the past 50 years….
Extended Rotations, Cover Crops And A Change In Perspective (Dagel 4/4)
“We’ve sparked a lot of curiosity. People are interested in what we’re doing [and] when I’m working with land owners I just tell them what they’re gaining for their land. It’s going to be in a better condition based on extended rotations and cover crops.” Check out the final video in our four-part series with…
The Power of Diversity (Tighty Whities Experiment) 1/3
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Diversity is one of the leading principles of the soil health movement. But can the affects of incorporating diversity into an operation be quantified? Research Microbiologist Dr. Mike Lehman (ARS) set out to find out in this 16 year field experiment… and man, are the numbers impressive!