Category Archives: Making the Transition

Articles specifically addressing the difficulties, successes, frustrations, and solutions in transitioning from conventional farming & ranching to “soil friendly” practices. Some articles may also be posted in other categories if they are relevant to that subject.

Soil Organic Matter (SOM) – The Principle Focus Of Soil Health

Staying a little divergent from the norm – I want to interject some of my own observations & thoughts in soil health/quality, although not really my own as my knowledge base has been built up for many years by so many folks … Continue reading

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Winter Grazing – Stockpiling Pasture Instead of Hay

Another well produced video by NRCS East National Technology Center- Winter Grazing – A Better Way. If you have winter pasture available this could be a viable option after you tailor the concepts to your management style, herd size, soils, and … Continue reading

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Some Simple Cover Crop Economics

Aaron Waller, Colorado/Wyoming Ag Economist with NRCS, put together this relatively simple illustration of the economics of using cover crops, specifically with cost share aid from NRCS. Hey if I can understand it anybody can. One of the major issues the “jury” seems to still be … Continue reading

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Soil Health in Wall Street Journal?

Surprisingly yes! The following linked article from the Wall Street Journal quips “Three Cheers for Expensive Oil.”   An attention getter for sure. But the article is essentially about the effect of high fuel prices on farming practices that use a lot … Continue reading

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“Under Cover Farmers…” Cover Crop Video from NRCS ENTC Excellent!

This video is a bit long but if you’re at all interested in cover crops and soil health it’s worth the time. It’s a good general overview of cover cropping systems and what stands out to me is the focus … Continue reading

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