Category Archives: Environment

JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT #MYFARMBILL

A five year farm bill means programs to conserve our land and water resources.  #myfarmbill The USDA is encouraging all of us to share what passing a farm bill would mean to us.  Join the conversation by tagging your posts … Continue reading

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COVER CROPS AN IMPORTANT PART OF NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

Farmers are being encouraged to consider growing cover crops on their fields through the winter.  Studies show that a living, growing plant in the ground year round improves the soil, productivity, and nutrient runoff. The science behind this makes sense.  … Continue reading

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NUTRIENT LOSS IS A COMPLICATED PROBLEM!

As reported in our water quality post last week, the issue of nutrient run off and water quality is much bigger and more confusing than some people think.  In fact, there are researchers, policy makers, and vocal citizens throughout our … Continue reading

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CROP DUSTING

With National Aviation Day quickly approaching I figured I would touch base on a subject that does not get brought up all too often, aerial application. You might know of it as “crop dusting,” which involves spraying crops with fertilizers, … Continue reading

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GULF HYPOXIA ZONE IS SMALLER THAN PREDICTED

Every summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration measures and releases information about the size of the hypoxia zone* in the Gulf of Mexico.  Because of the drought in 2012, because all the nutrients that were applied went unused as … Continue reading

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POTASH – A FERTILIZER FOR CORN AND OTHER CROPS

On this day in 1790, Samuel Hopkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a process that improved the making of potash.  But what is potash exactly and why in the world would this matter? Potash refers to potassium compounds … Continue reading

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COMPOSTING: REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE!

Tomorrow is Learn About Composting Day! Composting is an Earth-friendly way to reduce, reuse, and recycle… all in one! It is a natural process that involves the decomposition of waste materials. The decomposition results in rich, fertile compost, which serves … Continue reading

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NATIONAL AG WEEK: PLANTING KNOWLEDGE IN OTHERS

Last month I was asked the question how I can spread the word about agriculture to an audience that may not otherwise be concerned with what happens before their food arrives on the plate. I simply stated that I engage … Continue reading

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NO HARM NO FOUL

The used of chemicals and crop protection products has allowed the United States to become a dominant supplier of agriculture products across the world and has allowed us to sustain this status.  If we stopped using crop protection we would … Continue reading

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RULES FOR FARMERS CAN BE COSTLY

For many Americans, the idea that farmers have rules to follow might seem foreign, but they do. Farmers actually invest a large portion of their time following rules.  Usually these are rules provided to them by the federal government.  The … Continue reading

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