We’re told fertilizers are simple; when a crop grows, it draws nutrients from the soil, these nutrients are then removed when you harvest a crop or sell the milk from your goat or take steers to the sales. At least that’s what has been taught to producers and agronomists...Read More: The Myth of Fertilizer
New Zealand has relied heavily on a brand image provided by our natural environment, sea and mountain scapes. However this image has been rapidly eroded over the past decade with intensification; any observant rural tourist can now point out the sickly rivers and the glyphosate flats and hills. A...Read More: Pulling the wool over New Zealander’s eyes.
With growing human health concerns and consumer demands for food produced without glyphosate, some countries in Europe are considering banning its use. What would be the consequence on your farm if it was banned? A major concern from a knee-jerk reaction like banning glyphosate, is that farmers will reach...Read More: Options for reducing glyphosate
Cover crops are gaining in popularity and can be a powerful tool to regenerate soil health but are they the answer for every situation? It is wise to consider their benefits, the potential problems and whether cover cropping fits with your goals. Cover crops can have many benefits: Increase...Read More: Are cover crops the best fit to address your limiting growth factor?
What does an investor, a scientist, a conservationist, a student and a rancher have in common? Why its carbon of course! On Indreland Ranch, Big Timber, MT this week, I had the privilege of joining an inspiring group of people with a passion for regenerative Ag. This group included ranchers, investors,...Read More: Carbon Wranglers
TransFARMation: 10 keys to transforming the way you farm By Kim Deans, Integrity Soils Coach, Eastern Australia Are you feeling called to transform the way you farm to create a vibrantly healthy farm business and life? If so, these 10 keys can help support your mindset on your farming...Read More: TransFARMation: 10 keys to transforming the way you farm
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Much of the environmental degradation we are seeing across the world is not due to intentional or malicious behaviour by people. It’s often with the best intentions that producers adopt new technology or quick fixes that carry hidden unintended consequences. These impacts may extend well beyond the farm gate....Read More: Nicole’s blog … How can we address many of the complex and ‘wicked’ issues facing society and the planet today?
The challenge for the 21st century is not our ability to produce more food but to be resilient and adaptable in the face of changing climate. Plant diversity is a valuable tool for producers interested in increasing the resilience of their operation; and is one cornerstone for regenerative agriculture. Cover crops are...Read More: Diversity, Diversity, Diversity
What tools are left once your management is optimal? Management is just one of the 5 legs Regenerative Agriculture stands on; with Microbes, Minerals, OM and Mindset holding the rest of the table steady. Identifying which of these legs is not working so well creates whole new opportunities for...Read More: Working in Sync with Nature
If you cut your nitrogen by 80% tomorrow, would you expect your production to drop? Of course it would… if you did nothing else. Optimising nitrogen use is one of the holy grails in a drive to produce food for a booming world population, all whilst looking after the...Read More: Get more bang from your nitrogen buck.