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Soil Health and Deep Plowing Under The Tuscan Sun

Soil Health and Deep Plowing Under The Tuscan Sun

Italy to many, is the birthplace of farming with a soil nomenclature system dating from 500 AD. In the mere distance of Maine to North Carolina they have all four major soil temperature groups – frigid, mesic, thermic and hyperthermic and 4-times the soil unit...

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Unlocking the key: Soil CO2 respiration and field conditions

Unlocking the key: Soil CO2 respiration and field conditions

Interesting and potentially very valuable relationships between CO2 respiration and soil conditions have recently been revealed in a soil monitoring project using the Solvita basal CO2 test.  At the Woods End Farm, staff take a soil sample each week and perform...

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Soil health testing demands a new understanding of soils

Soil health testing demands a new understanding of soils

Soil health testing needs its own set of calibrations and guidelines in order to have its potential fully realized. This has come into focus recently with studies on how soils behave biologically. Normally, when a soil dries out, a sudden addition of rain or...

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Soil CO2 Respiration: It’s More than Soil Health

Soil CO2 Respiration: It’s More than Soil Health

Soil CO2 respiration should be center-stage in the emerging Soil Health discussion, according to Brinton who addressed a recent Soil Renaissance gathering in Oklahoma City. He showed early data from the Swedish soil ecologist Lundegårdh who first quantified plant CO2...

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In Witness of Worms, Roots and Cover Crops

In Witness of Worms, Roots and Cover Crops

Soil Health aficionados like to say that roots and worms make channels down into the soil – transferring nutrients and carbon between soil layers. What this looks like in reality was made clear at a recent Soil Health field-day in Berwick, PA, sponsored by NRCS and...

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Pilgrimage for Soil Quality on Spain’s El Camino Trail

Pilgrimage for Soil Quality on Spain’s El Camino Trail

The "El Camino de Santiago" trail is known to adventurers and Christian pilgrims who traverse this path from France into north-western Spain. Along the way, one experiences the striking, semi-arid Castile y León region farmed to wheat & barley for the last 500...

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Farmers “Growing Soil” with Cover Crops and Reduced Tillage.

Farmers “Growing Soil” with Cover Crops and Reduced Tillage.

“They are actually growing soil here”, John Chibirka (USDA-NRCS PA) told the 19th annual Cover Crop and Soil Health gathering of 300 farmers on Steve Groff’s no-till-cover crop farm in Holtwood PA. He was referring to when the 2006 World Soil Congress visited Steve’s...

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Solvita SLAN Test Shows Secrets of the Soil

Solvita SLAN Test Shows Secrets of the Soil

A new soil test from Solvita called SLAN reveals a hidden pool of organic nitrogen that is “just beneath the surface, and seems indicative of soil improvement”, says developer Will Brinton.  The SLAN test like the Solvita CO2-test takes only minutes to set up and is...

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