Renewable Farming

Month: November 2018

In ag biologicals, sometimes small-company products offer the biggest profits

A 25-bu. soybean yield gain resulting from any kind of product catches your attention. When the product is an inoculant, that’s hard to believe. But in this case, the University of Guelph shows this result from the average of 18 replications of the inoculant, compared with 6 replications of untreated control plots. The numbers: 62.6 bu. …

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More master gardeners “go biological” — and deer go for their gardens

Gardens used to be the world’s most-tilled, “flowerpot seedbed” patches of dirt. Now, as biological knowledge multiplies and organic home-grown food enthusiasm spreads, gardeners are looking for ways to aerate soil without molesting the mycorrhizal fungi down under. November 8, 2018  By Jerry Carlson — Our 20-acre Renewable Farming farm has essentially been converted from …

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“Old” scientific principles offer new ways to enhance yields and profits

One of the most diligent searchers for helpful innovations in crop production is consultant Bob Streit, who literally roams the globe for profitable answers. In one Bob’s weekly reports summarized below, he illustrates how little-appreciated ideas from early “Renewable Farming” advocates 30 and 40 years ago are bearing fruit now. He specifically names biological farming pioneer Dan …

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How cover crops help your combine roll through waterlogged fields

Here’s another benefit from growing a wide array of cover crops in your no-till or minimum tillage system: That deep-rooted network reaching down from multiple cover species builds a firmer soil profile. When your combine and grain cart absolutely, positively must get through before corn goes down, you can roll. Even through standing water. November 5, 2018  By Jerry Carlson — …

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