Soil sampling data are the foundation of FarmLab’s carbon sequestration ambitions.

Data needed to cash in on carbon credits

An Australian company wants to digitize soil test results for farmer use and monitoring

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – To monetize carbon sequestration, farmers must prove they are doing it. That means data, tracked over time. From a soil science perspective, the benefits of carbon in terms of fertility and microbiology are well known, said Sam Duncan, chief executive officer of FarmLab in Armidale, Australia. It’s the reason soil carbon levels […] Read more

There are consistent yield benefits for following crops when wheat is in a rotation.

Finding the tools to build soil

Intensifying wheat production can help make the soil-building crop more profitable

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wheat and cover crops may not be the most profitable of cash cows, but the indirect benefits to grain growers’ bottom lines are significant.  Keeping winter wheat in the rotation, that is, has been shown to consistently boost both corn and soybean yields in Ontario. Those numbers go even higher when red clover is also […] Read more

Cover crop systems can take five years to learn and establish.

Cash flow and cover crops

Adaptation and experience reduce upfront costs and improve returns

Reading Time: 3 minutes Cover crops are environmentally beneficial but to determine if they pay for themselves, growers need to provide detailed data on costs and revenue.  Aaron Breimer, general manager for Deveron’s Chatham-based Veritas Farm Management, says his experience with cover crops highlights the need to repeatedly verify a practice before concluding whether it’s profitable or not.  Why […] Read more

Over 70 years the layer of tillage doubled in depth.

Working soils deeper moves carbon lower

Research shows carbon levels are relatively stable over 70 years, but deeper in the soil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Soil carbon concentration has decreased since the 1950s but the plow layer has deepened and diluted the carbon content. This makes it difficult to accurately compare carbon concentrations as a dilution factor must be considered, say researchers at the University of Guelph.  “That is not the only factor contributing to that decrease in carbon concentration […] Read more

Crop and feed analysis can tell a soil health story

Crop and feed analysis can tell a soil health story

U.S. farmer puts focus on tissue testing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Long-time organic agriculture advocate Gary Zimmer believes he can come up with the perfect recipe for his Otter Creek Farm’s soil health. Gary Zimmer. They look at plant tissue and feed tests. Feed tests should include a full mineral analysis, plus feed digestibility, said the founder of the Wisconsin-based Midwestern Bio-Ag crop and livestock input […] Read more

Letters: Why parts of the world resist the American way of agriculture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear editor, Declaring the modern American agriculture (as) science-based and suggesting anything else is less than that, is a shallow statement. (Farmtario, Jan. 25, 2021. page 10; “Agriculture visions collide in Africa”.) The “scientific” American agriculture has plenty of reason to do some soul searching when it comes to soil degradation, less than rigorous agro-chemical […] Read more

Dr. Laura Van Eerd, out in a field where she conducts her research.

Van Eerd, Denotter honoured with OSCIA Soil Champion Award

Roger and David Buurma recognized for on-farm ingenuity with Don Hill Legacy Award

Reading Time: 3 minutes Two soil health contributors were honoured with Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) 2021 Soil Champion Awards. “This year we are lucky enough to be able to award two worthy nominees,” said Chad Anderson, OSCIA president. “One in the producer category and one in the extension category.” Dr. Laura Van Eerd, a professor of […] Read more

John Deere says its new line of heavy harrows features a quick folding and unfolding sequence to help farmers move more quickly between fields. (

Degelman to make heavy harrows for Deere

Regina company reaches OEM agreement for new line

Reading Time: 2 minutes Major U.S. farm equipment manufacturer John Deere Co. has launched a new line of heavy harrows — and is going to Saskatchewan to get them. Regina equipment maker Degelman Industries announced Tuesday it has reached an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement to provide Deere with a line of three heavy harrow models, the HH50, HH70 […] Read more

New face at soil network helm

New face at soil network helm

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tori Waugh has been appointed executive director of the Ontario Soil Network. Waugh, principal consultant at Conservation Ag Consulting, has helped grow the Ontario Soil Network to its current role in the sector. She was selected after a competitive process. The Ontario Soil Network has created a new strategic plan and it will be Waugh’s […] Read more

Cover crops were swathed at the South Dakota Lakes Research Farm and will be grazed over the winter.

Let nature direct ecosystem health

Researcher says agriculture needs to learn from how water, soil function in nature

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have learned more from observing Nature than by trying to change it,” said Dwayne Beck. Beck, the research manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm (DLRF) in Pierre, South Dakota, spoke at the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association conference. Why it matters: Learning how to manage for better soil health is critical for future generations […] Read more