Tilled soils can be as healthy as no-till ground

By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff Martin Entz knew he was saying something controversial. But he said it anyway. “We have vilified tillage, in the Prairies, for years. (But) if you have to choose between tillage and growing plants, you would choose a good crop rotation before no-till, anytime; and the data supports that,” said […]

Organic crop practices affect long-term soil health

Cornell University – Prior organic farming practices and plantings can have lasting outcomes for future soil health, weeds and crop yields, according to new Cornell University research. The study recently published in the journal Agriculture Systems also breaks down how specific components of soil health – such as the abundance and activity of soil animals and soil […]

Organic certification takes the next step

The Regenerative Organic Certified standard was created in the U.S. partly as a way to deal with tillage in organic farming By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff Regenerative Organic Certified is a mouthful and possibly a bit confusing. But the standard and its brand, an R and an O in a circle with an arrow […]

Living Soil film documents soil health movement

Supplied – The Soil Health Institute (SHI) has released a 60-minute documentary that captures the history – and significance – of the soil health movement. “Never have I seen, among farmers, such a broad quest for (soil health) knowledge as I’m seeing now,” says Barry Fisher, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service.  “And […]

Getting down and dirty about soil health

By Laura Rance Editorial director, Glacier FarmMedia It’s a dirty business, teaching farmers about soil — enough to drive Jay Fuhrer to eating cheese balls. As the “soil health specialist” prepared his show-and-tell before a Saskatoon audience recently, he joked the only reason he buys cheese balls at his local grocer’s is because they come […]

Fertilizers’ impact on soil health compared

American Society of Agronomy – In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied two fields in South Dakota. From 2003 to 2015, the research team applied either manure or inorganic fertilizer to field […]