Living Roots as Often as Possible

There are five basic principles to building soil health: soil armor or keeping the soil covered, minimizing soil disturbance, plant diversity, keeping a living root in the soil for as much of the growing season as possible, and livestock integration, when possible. As living roots were mentioned in the previous article, the following is aContinue reading “Living Roots as Often as Possible”

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People

Studies have found that over the last 70 years, the level of nutrients in many foods has fallen between 10 and 100 percent. Based on that, there are some estimates that an individual today would need to consume twice as much meat, three times as much fruit, and four to five times as many vegetablesContinue reading “Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People”

Partner Agency Updates

FSA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) The recent snow storms certainly brought some much needed moisture to the area but did catch many livestock producers at an inopportune time with calving and lambing underway. If anyone did lose livestock during these storms, there is a program through FSA called the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that mayContinue reading “Partner Agency Updates”

ND farm sees ‘tremendous’ gains with NRCS irrigation aid, advice

Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to update their irrigation “improved our farm tremendously,” says Vickie Schilling, of Cartwright, N.D. The family  increased their crop yields, cut the amount of water used, reduced labor costs and made it easier to run their farm and an oil field business at the same time. Vickie farms withContinue reading “ND farm sees ‘tremendous’ gains with NRCS irrigation aid, advice”

Supplemental Forage Production Likely Needed for 2022

Moisture conditions have improved across much of the state when compared to this time a year ago. Based on the US Drought Monitor for North Dakota, last year at the beginning of March, the entire state was abnormally dry with over 68 percent of the state considered to be in severe drought. This year, onlyContinue reading “Supplemental Forage Production Likely Needed for 2022”

Intercropping Workshop Videos

If you were unable to attend the January 26th workshop at the Williston Research Extension Center on “Introduction to Intercropping” or if you did attend, but would like to review any of the presentations, the workshop was recorded. Recordings of the entire workshop can be found here:   If you haven’t already filled out their surveys, AudreyContinue reading “Intercropping Workshop Videos”

Soil Health Resources and Hard Spring Wheat Show

Soil Health Resources – Agricultural producers who were able to participate in the Soil Health Workshop conducted on January 20th at the Williston Research Extension Center by the Williams County Soil Conservation District and NDSU Extension had an opportunity to hear Keith Berns with Green Cover Seed talk about carbon and the importance of carbonContinue reading “Soil Health Resources and Hard Spring Wheat Show”

Ecosystem Services and Upcoming Soil Health Workshop

One of the questions producers are starting to ask is if there is money to be made with soil health, carbon sequestration, and other ecosystem services. There is a complex relationship between humans and the environment. Humans influence the environment and the environment provides humans with benefits, such as clean air, clean water, a stableContinue reading “Ecosystem Services and Upcoming Soil Health Workshop”

Introduction to Intercropping Workshop:  Using Plant Synergies to Improve Crop Production

Another upcoming event that should be of wide interest to producers in the area is an Introduction to Intercropping workshop that will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Williston Research Extension Center beginning at 8:30 am. The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn how farmers have been using intercropping to maximize cropContinue reading “Introduction to Intercropping Workshop:  Using Plant Synergies to Improve Crop Production”

NRCS helps Burke County farmers go on the offense against soil salinity

The Natural Resources Conservation Service field office in Burke County, N.D., has had some good luck halting the spread of saline areas in cropland. Burke County has about 425,000 acres of cropland. Nearly every quarter of ground has some sort of saline problem; sometimes it covers as much as 20% of a field, says MarkContinue reading “NRCS helps Burke County farmers go on the offense against soil salinity”