Posts tagged cover crops
Farmers Increase Profits Using Traditional Practices

Healthy food can only be produced in healthy soil; tragically, through years of use of synthetic, nitrogen-based fertilizers, farm land has lost a significant amount of soil microbial diversity and health. Moreover, organic carbon loss, driven in part by nitrogen fertilizers, has led to poor water infiltration, soil erosion, unhealthy plant root systems, poor yield and nutrient-poor plants. The solution lies in regenerative land management that can be practiced at home and on the farm, including little to no-till management, planting cover crops and plant rotation — all of which result in higher yield and reduced overhead costs

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Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Nitrogen is the essential ingredient for growing corn and most other crops. Farmers around here spread it on their fields by the truckload. Should companies give farmers a financial incentive to move away from simply growing corn and soybeans, instead adding "small grains" like oats (or rye) to their mix of crops?

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To restore our soils, feed the microbes

Our soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we’ve abused them with plowing, tilling and too much fertilizer.What many think of as “just dirt” is actually an incredibly complex mixture of rock-derived minerals, plant-derived organic matter, dissolved nutrients, gases and a rich food web of interacting organisms.

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How to Create Fertility Without Buying Fertilizer

There is a common misconception in the farming world that’s harming your profits and potentially your future. We’re led to believe – in increasingly clever and technical ways – that we need fertilisers in order to increase the productivity of pasture or meadow. But just as humans aren’t ‘statin deficient’ when they have a heart attack; grasslands aren’t ‘fertiliser deficient’ if their performance is poor.

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NYS Lawmaker Introduces Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill

A New York state Assemblywoman has introduced legislation on carbon farming that she says is the first of its kind. The idea is to promote environmentally friendly farming practices while, at the same time, putting money back into the pockets of farmers.

Democrat Didi Barrett has sponsored a bill that creates a carbon farming tax credit. Barrett, who represents portions of Columbia and Dutchess Counties, says the plan will give farmers a new tax break while helping the state reach its climate change goals.

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Beyond Organic: How Regenerative Farming Can Save Us From Global Catastrophe

A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe. The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use.

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