We’re trying a new approach for the Soil Health Minute — we’ll be asking more experts to answer your questions.

The format will be similar to the Soil Sense Field Check podcast which aired this past summer, where we recorded your questions on NDfieldcheck.com and had different NDSU specialists, researchers, consultants and farmers answer the questions.

We know that soil health isn’t just about soils, but whole systems management. We need to understand how disease pressures may influence our approaches as we adopt new practices, or how to integrate livestock effectively into a system. We need to understand how to properly manage compost to reduce weed pressures. All of these examples are part of how we manage a soil health system and I work alongside some pretty amazing people that can help us better managed the system.

You’ll see episodes on AgweekTV where I pose the question and then you’ll hear the answer straight from the expert who can answer that question. You’ll also see the magazine column written by the experts too — I’ll tap into their great communication skills to get you the short answer (TV) and the more detailed answer (in the magazine and agweek.com).

There are a couple ways to ask questions. (1) You can leave a voicemail on NDfieldcheck.com. It’s easy — push a button, record your question, approve the recording and we’ll listen to it. (2) You can post a question on Twitter and tag me, @NDSUsoilhealth. (3) You can email me, abbey.wick@ndsu.edu. (4) You can call or text me at 701-850-6458. I guess you could send a note on a carrier pigeon too, if you wanted! What I’m saying is that there are multiple ways to let us know what’s on your mind. You could even ask another Extension specialist or your county Extension agent and have them relay the question to me.

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I’m excited for this new Soil Health Minute format. I have really appreciated the input I get from my colleagues at NDSU on how to manage soil health systems— I learn a lot on a daily basis and I want to share that with you. I’ll tap into consultants, industry, farmers and other educators for answers so you can see what it’s like to have a wealth in information at your fingertips. We know that there isn’t a single source with all the answers and we need to use all of the resources available.

Looking forward to answering YOUR questions!

Abbey Wick is an Extension soil health specialist at North Dakota State University.