3 MIN WATCH: “One of the first opportunities I saw after joining Olsen Custom Farms was to stretch our rotation out,” says agronomist Kurt Dagel “To take that power of diversity and make it work for us because it’s free. I look for many benefits to come out of it.” Check out our interview…
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If you’ve spent any time around the soil health movement, you’ve probably stumbled onto an odd video or two of farmers out in their fields burying underwear. Created by Canadian researchers, this “Tighty Whities Experiment” is a great visual demonstration of the benefits of regenerative agriculture… But what does it actually demonstrate? What’s the point?…
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We hear about soil health being a tool for things such as sustainability, reduced input costs, and more consistent yields… but how exactly do these benefits unfold? One way that is often overlooked is through reducing runoff and increasing soil moisture availability. As SD farmer Steve Reimer says, “As we started rotational grazing and no-till…
2:45 WATCH: In our last video, we showed the effects of management on infiltration. In this one, we dig a bit deeper and take a look at why that is plus how management changes the underlying structure of our soils!
Does management affect infiltration? In this video, Soil Health Specialist Jeff Hemenway tests the performance of one soil series under two different management practices!
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The difference between conventionally tilled and no-tilled soils often gets convoluted…. But not when it comes to the slake test!
Depending on management practices, the same soil series can function very differently. A South Dakota study recently set out to measure this affect and returned with some eye-popping numbers! Management practices from one side of the fence to the other resulted in a difference of 45 tons of organic matter as well as 150,000 gallons of water…
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South Dakota features a variety of soil types, from Mobridge, to Glenham, Kube and more. But regardless of what type of soil our land features, we play a crucial role in increasing or decreasing its quality. How exactly do management practices influence the properties of our soils? NRCS Soil Quality Specialist Jeff Hemenway has conducted…
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“On our farm we really don’t have a lot of problems with [weeds] and that can be attributed to using the small grains in [our] rotation and keeping it diverse.” Crop diversity is one of the greatest tools a farmer has at their disposal. Hear how Brian and Jamie Johnson continue to experience the benefits…