How can soils help with climate change?

Soil can help with climate change by storing carbon through a process called “carbon sequestration.” However, the amount of carbon soil can store depends on choices made by farmers and other landowners. The choices farmers make—the crops they grow, whether or not they plow (till or no-till), and the amount of fertilizer they use—can influence … Continue reading How can soils help with climate change?

Why do farmers use fertilizers?

A large sprayer applies nitrogen fertilizer to a field. The equipment is assisted by technology that optimizes the application of fertilizer—using it only where needed on the field. This reduces cost to the grower. Photo credit: Bill Raun Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients allow plants to grow. … Continue reading Why do farmers use fertilizers?

What is “precision agriculture” and why is it important?

Question: What is “precision agriculture” and why is it important? Answer: Precision agriculture is one of many modern farming practices that make production more efficient. With precision agriculture, farmers and soils work better, not harder. A better name for precision ag might be “site-specific ag”. Growers are able to take large fields and manage them … Continue reading What is “precision agriculture” and why is it important?