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Introducing Soil For Life

We all know soil health is important. The topics of soil health and sustainable soil management are increasingly part of the conversation within agriculture. Soil For Life is an initiative to provide a framework for these discussions, help make sense of best management practices, and make a lasting impact on the health of our soil

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A call for connection

When I started in my role with SOILS AT GUELPH, someone gave me Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why. Sinek’s whole thesis is that “people

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Recipes for success with cover crops

In collaboration with the Midwest Cover Crops Council, SOILS AT GUELPH has launched the first installment of a 3-part miniseries called Cooking With Covers. The series explores three keys to success with cover crops, the first being: KEEP IT SIMPLE.

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Past management impacts phosphorus availability

The corn-soybean rotation is the dominant cropping system on farmland throughout central Canada and the midwestern United States. However, long-term research shows that this rotation has lower crop yields, soil quality, resilience to climate change, and profitability.

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Diversify crop rotations to improve yield and soil health

The corn-soybean rotation is the dominant cropping system on farmland throughout central Canada and the midwestern United States. However, long-term research shows that this rotation has lower crop yields, soil quality, resilience to climate change, and profitability.

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What matters more

It’s been eighteen months. Eighteen months since students stepped foot here on the Guelph campus, eighteen months since I had a London Fog in the

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Split nitrogen applications are an economic and environmental win-win in dry years

Nitrogen fertilizer use in agriculture has been increasing; unfortunately, the same is true for nitrogen losses to the environment. Weather, as well as the frequency and timing of nitrogen applications, can affect how efficiently nitrogen is used by the crop to produce yield and how much is lost. One way to improve nitrogen fertilizer use in corn is to split the application so that some is applied at planting and the rest is applied in the growing crop. Farmers can then adjust the rate and timing of the second application depending on the weather.

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Ibrahim Mohammed is an international PhD candidate in environmental sciences. He is passionate about soil science and finding a sustainable solution for food production! @UofG_SES @SoilsAtGuelph

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"With improved soil health, we have an agricultural system...that is more resilient to climate change." #WorldSoilDay2022

Cover crops help feed soil microbes, which improves soil health in the long run. Check out @SoilsAtGuelph's Cover Crop Recipes https://soilsatguelph.ca/fact-sheets/

95% of the food we eat comes from our #soils.

But there are so many more reasons why we need to cherish the ground beneath our feet...

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Today is #WorldSoilDay. Soil health is important for ecologically diverse & resilient landscapes. The $10M Weston Family Soil Health Initiative aims to expand the adoption of soil improving management practices on agricultural lands across Canada. Grant announcements coming soon!

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