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Soil Sense

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Welcome to the Soil Sense Podcast, where we believe that building healthier soils is not just a prescription, but rather a pursuit. This journey requires collaboration, curiosity, and communication among farmers, agricultural researchers, agronomists, consultants, and extension. You’re going to hear… read more


Taking Off with Soil Health with Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson shares his experiences from his farm in Lakota, North Dakota where they produce small grains, wheat, barley, canola, soybeans, corn and edible beans. While Matt grew up on the farm, he spent the first 15-16 years of his career as a commercial pilot which has influenced his approach to farming.

Matt shares the challenges and benefits that come with adopting reduced tillage practices. Another obstacle Matt faces are saline soils that have become more apparent with frequent rainfall. Matt shares his approach to implementing new techniques and what factors create the most viable options for his operation.

“Ask your neighbors. Ask your friends. Ask the guys who have been farming for a long time. What's worked for you? What do you see? Are there certain times or certain practices you see that work better or have a negative effect on what you're doing?” Matt Nelson

This Week on Soil Sense:

  • Meet Matt Nelson
  • Learn what drew him away from his job as an airline pilot towards being a full-time farmer
  • Discover what are the biggest changes Matt has made to his farming operation
  • Explore the effects of a multi-year wet period and what adjustments needed to be made
  • Matt shares how he evaluates new techniques and what he looks for in choosing which to implement

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Soil Sense Podcast is hosted by Tim Hammerich of the Future of Agriculture Podcast.

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