Abbey Wick, NDSU Soil Health
With the thought of prevented planting acres looming, preparing those acres for next year's crop will be important. Rather than leaving those acres fallow, getting a full-season cover crop planted this year may be just the ticket to build soil aggregation, improve water management, ramp up the soil biological component, manage weeds, amongst many other benefits. Here are some considerations and tips for getting started: • Check out your RMA Guidelines for planting dates and acceptable uses (web search: RMA Prevented Plant and/or talk with your insurance provider).
Cereal rye can be an excellent cover crop in the Northern Plains, primarily for the spring growth, but it needs to be managed effectively. Here are a few reminders on management. Eye on the rye
When we change the way we do things, like shifting to soil health building practices, there is often a certain level of peer pressure that accompanies that change. I looked up the definition of peer pressure in Webster's Dictionary and it says: "feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one's age or social group in order for them to be liked or respected by them."
As we ramp up for our summer field research and North Dakota State University Extension work in soil health, I wanted to share a few projects that I think you should keep your eye on this year. This is not a complete list of what we are doing, but highlights some of the main projects that are ongoing or just getting started at our the Soil Health and Agriculture Research Extension Farm sites, or SHARE Farms, and other locations in North Dakota. SHARE Farm — Mooreton
We've had a busy winter meeting season where you've heard a lot of information and now it's time to sort through that information and figure out how to apply it to your farms. I'm going to run through a couple questions that I think are worth considering. Was the information that you heard at a meeting "farm specific" or a "regional recommendation"?