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As Maine goes with soil health so goes the nation

November 7th, 2015
Stevens Oct 2015

Maine has by most accounts not figured prominently in modern soil health initiatives, but 2015 stands out as a harbinger of great things to come. An emerging group of progressive farmers are demonstrating reduced-tillage + cover-copping methods work in corn, alfalfa and potato rotations, and two leading soil labs are collaborating to innovate soil analysis.  In the […]

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After 44 years in storage, an archival soil springs to life on the 2nd day

April 27th, 2015

How long can a dry soil be stored and microbes remain viable? Many persons who have stored soil samples dating back decades have asked us this question. We recently had a chance to test the “dead soil” hypothesis. Staffer Bob Burger uncovered his old archive of US Geologic Survey soil samples, dating from 1971. One sample of […]

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150 years later, are our crop nutrient response models still working?

November 6th, 2014

Virtually all modern crop response studies trace their lineage way back to Liebig and Mitscherlich models. Liebig gave us the most limiting nutrient concept, often illustrated by staves of a barrel – considered a huge breakthrough at the time. Unfortunately, Liebig also insisted growers ignore any contributions from soil organic matter, conveniently helping spawn a century of over-reliance […]

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German Soil & Compost Groups Turn Against Bioplastics

March 6th, 2014

A press release (02/28) put out by German Council of Humus & Soil Producers (VHE) shows new opposition to biodegradable plastic bags at a time that couldn’t be more inconvenient. On the eve of Germany’s scheduled nationwide roll-out of food-waste biobins, VHE questions the true biodegradability of “bio-bags”, stating that the current 15 year-old standard […]

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Soil Health Tool Launches at Woods End and Other Labs

January 16th, 2014

Years of R&D and 14,000 trial tests have led to the launch of the Soil Health Tool, a new soil test offered by at least 3 labs across the USA, including Woods End Labs (Mt Vernon ME), Brookside Labs (OH) and Ward Labs (NE). The Soil Health Tool is “the next step” for labs already […]

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