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#summermix

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Late spring and early summer plantings are commonly utilized as a forage source for livestock when summer heat begins to reduce cool season grass forage production. These mixes can also be used on prevented planting acres to add biological diversity, suppress weeds, produce nitro-gen, and cycle nutrients during the prevented…

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#springmix

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Spring plantings are commonly utilized to jump-start soil biology after a long cold winter. These cover mixes are used to “prime” the soil biology ahead of a later spring planted crop. Spring mixes are also used in the western Great Plains as a “fallow replacement”, where a living cover provides…

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#forbs

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Jump to Article: Ley farming (including perennial pasture in the crop rotation) Ley Farming: The Fast Track to Soil Improvement Forbs the Forgotten Third Component of Pastures Ley Farming (including perennial pasture in the crop rotation) By Dale Strickler One of the main purposes people have for planting cover crops…

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#fasttrack

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Ley Farming: the fast track to soil improvement by Dale Strickler Just a few years ago, the idea of cover crops seemed rather radical to many folks. Planting a crop for the primary purpose of soil improvement was considered a waste of money by most people in agriculture. Over time,…

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#ryevsryegrass

By | Grass, Soil Health Resource Guide

Rye vs. Ryegrass Many people, understandably, are confused by the difference between rye and ryegrass. These two plants, despite the similarity in names, are not closely related and do not behave alike. Rye (Secale cereal) is a cereal grain, closely related to wheat, with which it can be crossed to…

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#millet

By | Grass, Soil Health Resource Guide

Millets are a diverse group of summer annual grasses that fit a variety of needs. Pearl millet (Genus Pennisetum) has the highest yield potential among millets because of its hybrid heterosis. Because millets have no prussic acid potential, hybrid pearl millet is preferred for grazing under conditions in which prussic…

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#sorghum

By | Grass, Soil Health Resource Guide

What is your best sorghum forage variety? By Dale Strickler Over most of my career, I actually did not get this question. I was usually asked, “What is the cheapest sorghum you carry?”. I am glad we are to the point where most people realize the cheapest product on the…

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#insects

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Diversity and Pest Management by Jonathan Lundgren, Ph.D Humans have been battling against bugs for millennia and history has shown that insects have killed more humans than bullets or bombs through disease transmission. But not all insects are pests — for every harmful insect there are 1700 beneficial or neutral…

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#milpa

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Milpa Gardens serving the local Communities The Milpa system is a traditional intercropping system used throughout Mesoamerica that was originally designed by the Mayans. Traditionally, Milpa gardens still use the “three sister” concept with Maize, squash, and beans, but they also add much more species for diversity into the system!…

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#wildlife

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

God’s creation is extremely diverse and there are no monoculture plant communities in natural settings, so why should wildlife food plots be any different? Whether you’re targeting a specific wildlife species for hunting or merely supplying a wildlife sanctuary, it’s all about creating a balanced oasis. Wildlife will thrive and…

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