Category Archives: Nutrient Cycling

Cover crops change everything.

There was a nice summary of Joel Gruver’s 12 ways to manage cover crops in Farm Futures. Joel has been working on cover cropping in the Midwest at Western Illinois University, but got his start in ┬áMaryland. One of his … Continue reading

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Deep Nitrogen and Cover Crop Nutrient Recycling: Part II

We saw that radish can capture deep soil nitrate in fall and store the nitrogen in its biomass. After the radish dies, when does the nitrogen become available for subsequent cash crops? One of the concerns with some traditional cover … Continue reading

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Deep Nitrogen and Cover Crop Nutrient Recycling: Part I

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Soil testing can provide us with helpful indications of the nutrient status of fields, but most soil samples consist of just the topsoil. What’s happening below the topsoil can be critical to both successful farming and environmental stewardship. Many cash … Continue reading

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