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Soil Health 101

Marty Michener, Steve and I attended a seminar last week—just to keep our nerd credentials current—called “Soil Health and Nitrogen Management Workshop.” Sounds exciting, no? Well actually, it was one of the most gripping presentations I have attended in a while. It turns out that most farmers (us included) have been pretty much guessing about the physical and biological health of our soils, because standard soil tests only look at the chemical attributes of soil. But now Cornell University has devised a test that reports on all three areas. The test ain’t cheap, but the information is vital. We will all be out in the pastures with our shovels as soon as the ground thaws.

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