soil conservation http://hppr.org en No-Till is not a soil carbon fix http://hppr.org/post/no-till-not-soil-carbon-fix <p></p><p>No-till farming alone won’t build soil carbon.&nbsp; Recent research revealed that conservation tillage practices don't have any advantage over conventional practices reported Adele Phillips for the <a href="http://www.cfra.org/news/140609/no-till-no-quick-fix">Center for Rural Affairs.</a></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33019 at http://hppr.org No-Till is not a soil carbon fix Kansas Producer Group Uses Soil Practices to Preserve Moisture http://hppr.org/post/kansas-producer-group-uses-soil-practices-preserve-moisture <p></p><p>Western Kansas is a semi-arid region, with yearly precipitation at 17-19 inches. Progressive farmers understand their biggest challenge is capturing and holding every drop of moisture they can.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 31721 at http://hppr.org Kansas Producer Group Uses Soil Practices to Preserve Moisture Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Converting to Dryland Farming http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-converting-dryland-farming <p></p><p>Southwest Kansas producer Steve Arnold had been a big irrigator. Ten wells, numerous pivot irrigation systems and 4-wheel-drive tractors on a farm near Johnson City.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 29523 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Converting to Dryland Farming Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: No-till and Cover Crops Help Rainwater Basins http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-no-till-and-cover-crops-help-rainwater-basins <p></p><p>South-central Nebraska producer John Kinley has a three-acre rainwater basin in a crop field. He talks about progressive practices such as no-till production and cover cropping.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 29519 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: No-till and Cover Crops Help Rainwater Basins Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-good-soil-health-practices-benefit-playas <p>Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says there are four principles to improving soil health:</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 29005 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas Farmville helps explain farm bill http://hppr.org/post/farmville-helps-explain-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 21388 at http://hppr.org Farmville helps explain farm bill Bushland USDA Ag Research Center: 75 years of putting theory into practice http://hppr.org/post/bushland-usda-ag-research-center-75-years-putting-theory-practice <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service of the Southern Plains is on a mission.&nbsp; For 75 years, they’ve been working, “to sustainably balance today’s livelihoods with tomorrow’s needs.”&nbsp; An <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-09-02/research-center-continues-tradition-sustainability">article from the Amarillo Globe-News</a></strong> reported scientists at the facility do more than write research papers, they put them into practice.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21114 at http://hppr.org Bushland USDA Ag Research Center: 75 years of putting theory into practice Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program http://hppr.org/post/report-criticizes-incentives-federal-crop-insurance-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers across the country received a record breaking 17.3 billion dollars in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. &nbsp;While the payments were critical for the financial well-being of farmers, the National Resource</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Defense Council</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has issued a <strong><a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130827.asp?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+%28NRDC+Press+Releases%29 (NRDC press release) http://www.nrdc.org/water/your-soil-matters/" target="_blank">report</a></strong> critical of the structure of the </span><a href="http://www.rma.usda.gov/fcic/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Federal Crop Insurance Program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (FCIP).</span> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:43:03 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 21044 at http://hppr.org Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil? http://hppr.org/post/can-planned-grazing-revive-grassland-soil <p></p><p>The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn’t happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.</p><p>In eastern Colorado, one way could be in the plodding hooves of cattle.</p><p>Conventional wisdom tells you, if ranchland ground has less grass, the problem is too many cows. But that’s not always the case. It depends on how you manage them, if you make sure they keep moving.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 03:45:55 +0000 Luke Runyon 19547 at http://hppr.org Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil? Prairie plants help restore farmland soil http://hppr.org/post/prairie-plants-help-restore-farmland-soil <p></p><p>The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest. Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be&nbsp;<a href="http://world.time.com/2012/12/14/what-if-the-worlds-soil-runs-out/">gone in 60 years</a>. That has implications for agriculture and the broader environment.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 04:22:19 +0000 Amy Mayer 19282 at http://hppr.org Prairie plants help restore farmland soil Windbreak, Part II http://hppr.org/post/windbreak-part-ii <p></p><p>In addition to the role windbreaks play in decreasing soil erosion, these valuable elements of modern day agriculture can increase crop yields, act as environmental buffers, improve air quality, and provide valuable pollinator habitat for bees and other beneficial insects.&nbsp; Windbreaks can be multifunctional, providing not only protection from the wind, dust and snow, but serving as economic stimulators through the marketing of tree products.&nbsp; To learn more about the importance of windbreaks and the design basics needed to develop a functioning shelterbelts, take part in the Southern Plains Windbreak Renovation and Innovation Workshop to be held in Dodge City, Kansas May 21 - 23, 2013.&nbsp; Call the K-State Extension office in Ford County 620-227-4542, or contact Andrea Burns at: aburns@ksu.edu. Thu, 16 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 15970 at http://hppr.org Windbreak, Part II