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#nitrates

By | Soil Health Resource Guide

Nitrate Poisoning Nitrate poisoning can occur when growing forages have excessive amounts of nitrates in the soil and/or when the forage becomes stressed. When high nitrate forages are ingested by a ruminant animal, the nitrate is converted to nitrite, which when excessively absorbed into the bloodstream can cause the blood…

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#prussicacid

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Prussic acid is a potentially dangerous substance that is produced by plants in the sorghum family. Increased prussic acid concentrations can occur with freshly frost killed forage, new plant growth (under 24” tall), drought stressed crops, freshly cured hay or chopped silage, and high nitrogen conditions. Sorghum species provide excellent…

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#horsepasture

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Pasture management for horses By Dale Strickler It is important to have realistic expectations of yield per acre and an accurate estimate of acreage to determine carrying capacity. There are biological limitations to how much vegetation can be produced on an acre. Typically in Kansas and Nebraska, moisture is the…

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#terranimbus

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TerraNimbus is developing the tools to find the best AMF to support America’s cash crops. We will couple that with the best cover crop selections for propagating the microbes that provide the most benefits. Your cover crops will prime the soil and help spread the AMF that provide the most…

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#AMFinoc

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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Mycorrhizal Fungi By Dale Strickler Mycorrhizal fungi (MF) are one of the most beneficial organisms on the planet. They are fungi that colonize plant roots, living partially inside and partially outside the roots, and act as extensions of the roots to aid the…

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#biology

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“Fungal Assets” by Wendy Taheri, Ph. D.    Most flowering plants are dependent upon AM fungi and grow poorly in their absence. This dependency varies greatly between species and even between varieties of the same species. Soil conditions, particularly the amount of inorganic phosphorus, also influence mycorrhizal dependency in a…

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#droughtproof

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The Drought Resilient Farm   The usual strategies for dealing with drought have been to either complain at the coffee shop or pray for rain. No one likes a complainer, and while we aren’t opposed to praying for rain, it probably should not be your only strategy. The Lord helps…

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#moisture

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Plant a cover crop? But I’ll use up all my moisture! By Dale Strickler Concern about reduced moisture availability probably keeps more people from trying cover crops than any other reason. While it seems counterintuitive, using cover crops can actually increase the moisture availability to the following crop in the…

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#carbonomics

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Carbonomics by Keith Berns There are many striking similarities between the economy of a country and the interactions that are occurring in a healthy soil. The economy of the soil is based on solar energy, but it is driven by the interactions between the soil, the plants, and the soil…

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#ccrent

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Rental of Cover Crop Forages With low commodity cash crop prices, most producers are searching for alternative sources of income. Millions of acres of grass have been converted to farmland over the past 8 years and there are fewer late summer and early fall pastures to be grazed. Utilizing summer…

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