A field of red clover cover crop underseeded to wheat. Increasing use of cover crops is a part of regenerative agriculture programs.

Cargill launches regenerative agriculture program

The company is the latest to push improved soil practices to meet its consumer commitments

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cargill plans to have an impact on regenerative agriculture practices on 10 million acres in North America. The company recently announced plans to meet its climate commitments. Cargill will focus on row crops, especially corn, wheat, soybeans, canola and other major crops in North America. The company said in a statement that “Cargill expects these […] Read more

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show looks to lock in land base

GFM plans to buy research land for eastern Discovery Farm

Reading Time: 2 minutes As Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show goes digital this week, its operator is preparing to secure its real-world footprint in southern Ontario and put that real estate to year-round work. Glacier FarmMedia and the Ontario government on Tuesday announced their intent to work toward a land deal with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), which […] Read more

New farm research group offers more by pooling resources

Central Ontario soil research and stewardship groups try two-year collaboration

Reading Time: 4 minutes A partnership based out of Trent University is offering farmers free access to its expertise. The Quinte Farm Research and Stewardship Collaborative is a two-year initiative described by project co-ordinator Lindsay Nash as a network focused on modern agricultural practices in relation to soil health, water quality and new technologies. Why it matters: There are […] Read more

Soil microbes are key to improving soil health.

New soil test hones in on microbial populations

Understanding microbial populations can lead to better soil health, yields

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new soil health test, VitTellus Bio Soil Health, launched by A&L Canada Laboratories quantifies soil microbial populations that support improved soil health and crop productivity. The test is an extension of the VitTellus Soil Health Test, launched in 2018, and looks at providing deeper information about the physical and biological interaction in the soil. […] Read more

McCain Foods hopes to promote alternative potato farming methods such as regenerative agriculture.

McCain builds farms to showcase sustainable practices

The company has committed to reducing the impact of its potato operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier Farmmedia – McCain Foods says it is building the farm of the future. The New Brunswick company announced in mid-July that it wants potato production to be more sustainable. To that end, McCain’s is establishing three Farms of the Future to learn how regenerative agriculture and innovation can work at scale in potato farming. […] Read more


Fields that grow continuous corn have fewer nutrients for soil microbes.

Lasting Impact: Technology helps living soils knowledge

Different crops feed soil microbes in different ways

Reading Time: 4 minutes Updated Aug. 11, 2020 This article is the final instalment of a three-part series highlighting lessons learned from two long-term crop rotation experiments at the Ontario Crops Research Centres at Elora and Ridgetown. Soil is teeming with life. And despite their size, fungi, bacteria, and other micro-organisms play an enormous role in soil processes, from […] Read more

New soil test looks at microbial populations

Reading Time: 2 minutes A&L Canada Laboratories Inc. recently launched VitTellus Bio, a new soil health test that quantifies soil microbial populations. VitTellus Bio complements the VitTellus Soil Health test, which is used to help farmers make informed decisions on application of nutrient and managing and improving soil health. It does more than measure the chemical properties of soil, […] Read more

At one time it was thought that lots of corn stover was a significant source of soil carbon.

Lasting impact: The secret to increasing carbon is in the soil

Microbial activity, not volume of biomass, gets more credit for adding carbon

Reading Time: 3 minutes This article is part two of a three-part series highlighting lessons learned from two long-term crop rotation experiments at the Ontario Crops Research Centres at Elora and Ridgetown, Ont. The evidence is piling up that the corn-soybean rotation – the most common crop rotation in Ontario – performs worse on every metric than diversified rotations […] Read more


“Resilience cannot be built overnight. It is important for growers to start building soils now to achieve production potentials in the future.”

Lasting impact: The penalty of poor crop rotations

Long term trials show the soil health degradation of short rotations

Reading Time: 3 minutes This article is the first of a three-part series highlighting lessons learned from two long-term crop rotation experiments at Elora and Ridgetown, Ont. Howard Buffett authored a book a few years back with the title, “40 Chances”. The title came from a shop talk Buffett attended where a speaker remarked that the average farmer only […] Read more

Preliminary data from a new study suggests that different soil health measurements will be required, depending on intrinsic soil qualities and management.

Soil health measurement project seeks standard set of indicators

The North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements hopes to recommend scientifically sound indicators

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Soil health measurements can vary widely depending on management practices, show early results from a North American study. Paul Tracy, who manages the non-profit Soil Health Institute’s project to assess 31 indicators of soil health in all three countries, said agricultural and environmental interests are promoting lots of measurement systems and indicators. […] Read more