The Future of Ag Technologies

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Precision agricultural technology has experienced phenomenal growth in the past two decades and it is not slowing down. During a session at the Soil Health Summit, Tommy Jackson with Syngenta Sustainable Solutions talked about what is coming down the pipeline for farmers and most of it revolves around data. “Every grower owns their data, so the data flow needs to … Read More

SHP Cover Crop On-Farm Research

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Grant Kimberley is a sixth generation farmer and Iowa Soybean Association director of market development, and this is his first year in the Soil Health Partnership program. “We’ve had a cover crop strip trial that we are doing on one of our farms,” said Kimberley. “We know cover crops can provide benefits but there’s a lot of intangibles there and … Read More

Turning Soil Health Into Profitability

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Farmers who enroll in the Soil Health Partnership gather lots of data regarding what is happening on their farms. To help them characterize what’s happening from a business performance outcome as they go through the program, there are specific data platforms and methods available. “There are plenty of opportunities where we can focus in very specifically on the business outcome … Read More

Missouri Farmer Conserving for the Next Generation

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Giving the next generation a chance is part of the reason Missouri farmer Tim Gottman enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership. He urges other farmers to join him in thinking about the future. “If you’re a little unsure, just think about the future generations that are going to be coming into agriculture, and what’s the soil going to be like … Read More

Bayer Focusing Future Research, Innovation on Soil

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The keynote speaker at this year’s Soil Health Summit told participants they need to get involved and understand how the global economy affects innovation and the regulatory environment regarding agriculture. Sustainability is a key factor globally, and many of those efforts are tied to the soil. “We have a lot of very emergent technologies, disruptive technologies we’re working on, and … Read More

Iowa Farmers Share Commitment to Soil Health

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Being a part of the Soil Health Partnership was a natural decision for two Iowa farmers who have now been enrolled in the program for a number of years. “I wanted to learn more about my soils and we were just getting into cover crops, so it just fit very well into what I was already doing,” said northeastern Iowa … Read More

Featured Interviews from SHS18

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2018 Soil Health Summit Day One Photo Album 2018 Soil Health Summit Day Two Photo Album Interview with Dan Foor, LaCrosse Seed – Interview with Dr. Robert Graney, Bayer – Interview with Tommy Jackson, Syngenta – Interview with Chris Novak, NCGA – Interview with Dave Muth, EFC Systems – Interview with Iowa Farmers – Interview with Nick Goeser, Soil Health … Read More

Day Two Panels

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The second general session of the 4th Soil Health Summit last week in Chicago featured a “Data Dudes” panel, moderated by Soil Health Partnership field manager Jim Isermann (center). Panelists from were: agronomist Jack Hardwick (left) and Illinois farmer Harry Schirding. The session also included a Town Hall discussion with some of the Soil Health Partnership staff, including (LtoR) field … Read More

NCGA Pleased with Soil Health Progress

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More and more farmers are signing up to be a part of the Soil Health Partnership, a fact that was evident at the 2018 Soil Health Summit. The initial goal was to enroll 100 farmers over a five-year period. Organizers reached that goal after just three years. They’ve now extended the program to at least 10 years based on interest … Read More

First Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health

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Four “Seeds of Change” awards were presented at the 4th Annual Soil Health Partnership Summit, Jan. 18-19 in Chicago. These first awards were developed to highlight those members of the Soil Health Partnership who go above and beyond to advocate for the partnership and for soil health throughout the year. And the winners are…. Super Spout – Andrew Reuschel, Golden, … Read More