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  1. HernanC

    Reduction of Microbial Diversity with Increased Temperatures, Reduced Moisture, Reduced Biomass

    This should come as no surprise, but researchers recently found in a 7-year study that increased ambient temperatures (and causally, soil temperatures), decreased soil moisture, and decreasing soil biomass results in a reduction of microbial diversity in grasslands. This is one of my biggest...
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    Oklahoma's Bergen Ranch is resilient to drought, thanks to the soil sponge

    When I hear the word chemicals, I always ask what kind. Synthetic, organic, or both? Although there is a spectrum of toxicity, even with OMRI certified products, I like to know what people are putting into the soil. It all just depends on the type of chemical. For example, if technical-grade...
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    Tucumcari Rangeland Soil Health Workshop

    This workshop is for ranchers who want to learn about rangeland soil health principles, plant communities, grassland health, and production. The day will be spent outside focused on field demonstrations and talks with local ranchers and leading experts to learn about grazing management...
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    Farmers in the Great Plains change their practices which changes their local climate!

    The first time I heard of this happening was through a talk by Alejandro Carrillo from Understanding Ag. When he mentioned that our agricultural practices can modify the local climate I thought he was joking! But then I started looking into it and it turns out, there is evidence to support it...
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    Brad Lancaster transforming Tucson (back into) a desert oasis!

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. I watched it and I kept thinking to myself, why doesn't he run for mayor or irrigation commissioner for Tucson? He can probably solve some of their water problems since very few public officials seem to do anything about it.
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    Cover Crops in an Almond Orchard

    Wow @Tracy Mumma! I read through the article and found this family is saving $38,973 annually from the cover crops alone. That includes the additional expense of cover crop seed and management labor, minus the fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide applications. I wonder if I can get a hold of...
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    Brad Lancaster transforming Tucson (back into) a desert oasis!

    Linda, I read one of his books and it amazed me when he said that even at 11” annual of rain, Tucson, AZ would have more than enough water for every one of its inhabitants. There’s no reason to bring in water, he says, if we begin to harvest it. Mind blowing!
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    Follow the Threads: Ergothioneine May Provide a Key Link Between Regenerative Agriculture and Human Health

    That's right @Linda Poole. Ergothioneine, a longevity vitamin, was recently found to be more present in oats grown in no-till soils than intensive tillage, even minimal tillage. Since mushrooms are the leading dietary source of ergothioneine, the hypothesis is that ergothioneine travels through...
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    Traditional Fertilizers Beat Out Industrial Chemicals in Soil Health Test

    These are interesting articles. I want to hear your thoughts on the recent attempts to bioengineer a soil microbiome that purportedly improves plant health. Read Bayer's attempt here and Penn State's research on it here. While I think it is better to leverage natural cycles and processes, I...
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    NRCS Support for Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial and technical assistance to producers to plan and implement conservation practices on farms and ranches impacted by natural disasters in Nebraska. Nebraska Environmental...
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    Soil Metabolic Pathways

    Researchers at Northern Arizona University found evidence that soils use different biochemical pathways to process nutrients, respire, and grow, depending on the type of soil and perhaps other factors. Using the 13C metabolic flux analysis technique, the researchers were able to tag individual...
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    Landscape Restoration Case Study

    I was tuned into the World Resources Institute by our good friends at New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group (and co-founder @Isabelle Jenniches) and found this great case study of Tijuca national Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It shows the benefits of regeneration: 1) improved water supplies...
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    Seven reasons why you should add sheep to your regen ranch

    I really appreciated that article. I also found this article explaining how a 25 acre vineyard is using sheep to increase productivity. I am now thinking of getting some sheep and grazing them on my father in law's property. I'll have to convince him of the benefits though...
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    Resources for retaining water on hilltops

    @Lee Rinehart, if on a hilltop, do you have any recommendations for watering frequency and duration? In deep South Texas, our usual practice is to water less frequently and for longer periods. Yet, at the NCAT demo farm, SIFT, the practice is quite the opposite (more frequent watering for...
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    Water scarcity predicted to worsen in more than 80% of croplands globally this century

    The UN Convention to Combat Desertification has released their Drought Toolbox which contains a lot of useful information for producers living through a drought right now. There are three modules, Monitoring and Early Warning (great if drought effects haven’t really been felt yet), Vulnerability...
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    I like the idea, Omar. Here’s a start, NCAT published this pocket guide and it’s a wealth of knowledge in a compact size. It’s only $10, and even seasoned irrigation management experts can gain something from it. Let me know what you think...
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    The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is Meeting Again

    The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is meeting for its 15th session in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from May 9th to May 20th, 2022. This year’s theme is “Land, Life, Legacy” and aims to regenerate land across the world for future generations, very much in line with Soil...
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    Is there a way to measure how much water I can save by increasing soil carbon?

    Have you ever thought, “how much water am I saving by starting a rotational grazing plan?” “Can cover cropping increase water retention in my soil, by exactly how much, and is it worthwhile?” Dianna Bagnall and co-authors of the Soil Health Institute sought to answer these and other questions...
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    Turning soils into sponges in and beyond New Mexico

    I agree with everything that is said on that piece by Christina. I recently heard this episode "We All Want Soil Health" on the podcast We All Want Clean H2O, where Silvia Secchi, Chris Jones and Dave Cwiertny discuss some of the things that need to go along with soil health practices to truly...
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    New Mexico's Healthy Soil Program Grant

    For those of you in New Mexico, the NM Department of Agriculture is seeking applications to host projects on the ground. See more on their website here. Let us know if you apply and what you're doing.