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  • Sam Landman is a fifth generation farmer who manages not only his family farm but also a SHARE (Soil Health and Agriculture Research Extension) Farm. He discusses how his techniques have evolved and how that has impacted his crop rotations and equipment choices. Challenging effective practices for better sustainability and soil health is an uphill battle but Sam is already seeing the benefits. 

    “I think the long-term benefits will be there for sure. But you know we’re always up against short-term economics anytime you’re transitioning to a new practice.” Sam is perpetually researching and networking to gain as much knowledge as possible. He wants to make the most informed decisions he can. If someone is interested in trying some of these new practices, Sam recommends reaching out and asking questions. Dr. Abby Wick and the rest of the extension have been great resources for him. He also suggests experimenting with some smaller fields first to find the best fit for your operation.

    “I like seeing green out there. I like seeing living biology out there. When you start digging around in the ground, you start seeing the soil come alive because of the living root out there. It's just kind of an addiction. Once you start it and you start seeing the benefits you want to keep trying it and do more and more.” -Sam Landman

    This Week on Soil Sense:

    Meet Sam Landman and hear his story farming in North Dakota Discuss transitioning to reduced tillage practices Explore new soil handling techniques and the effect that has had on Sam’s farm Learn about the challenges faced by those changing farming protocols

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

  • This is the second installment of a two part interview with Dr. Dave Franzen, a soil scientist at North Dakota State University, and Anthony Thilmony, a fourth generation farmer in the Valley City, North Dakota area. In this segment we will be focusing on the precision of soil health. We explore how to identify your individual soil needs and how to effectively and efficiently meet those demands.

    “The Zone Sampling Concept is the number one site specific nutrient management strategy in the state. I wish more people would do it .” -Dr. Dave Franzen

    “I had a goal. I didn’t go from here to there. I went five steps in between.” - Anthony Thilmony

    This Week on Soil Sense:

    Learn about the development of zone sampling  Discover the benefits and philosophy behind variable rate fertilization application Converting to various precision ag techniques requires a financial and time commitment What factors influence the decision to try a new technique or add new technology

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

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  • Join us for the first installment of a two-part interview with Dr. Dave Franzen, a Soil Scientist at North Dakota State University in Extension, and Anthony Thilmony, a fourth generation farmer in the Valley City, North Dakota area. These two have collaborated for many years through discussion and trials. Today we explore soil fertility and the effect of a no-till strategy. We learn about some of the benefits including a decreased nitrogen need and increased microorganism activity to name two. 

    “In order to get somebody to change the way they’re doing things you either have to have an economic tag or an emotional tag.” -Dr. Dave Franzen

    “My goal is when I quit farming everything is going to be in better shape than I got it and that's what drives me with the no-till.” - Anthony Thilmony

    This Week on Soil Sense:

    Discover how Dr Franzen and Anthony began to collaborate Learn about soil loss in North Dakota over the last 100 years Hear about the benefits of performing research on commercial farms  What the advantages are of having a no-till field  Who the “Beach Boys’ of North Dakota are and what they have accomplished

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

  • Ride along with fourth generation farmer Tony Wagner in Jamestown, South Dakota. Farming has been a lifelong passion for Tony. He took on his first field in the eighth grade and after pursuing college returned to the area to help manage his family’s operation. He has experimented with different cover crops for different fields in order to better the soil he has access to. He joins us today to share his excitement for implementing new techniques and the drastic effect it has had on the quality of his soil. 

    “You have one shot a year to do this and then you have to wait the whole entire year for it to come around. And that's kind of what honestly really keeps me interested in it…..There's just so many things to do from preparation for equipment in the winter time to all of a sudden you're planting and then from planting you're going on to spraying and then from spraying it starts leading into harvest and next thing you know, the leaves are falling off the tree….. I like working with fields and soil and just anything that I could do to improve our farm.” - Tony Wagner 

    This Week on Soil Sense:

    Hear about the heritage associated with the Wagner Farm Learn about the new techniques Tony has implemented The effects rotating cover crops have had on the quality of the soil The collaboration of farmers and extension agents to learn and improve

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

  • Dr. Abbey Wick is an Extension Soil Health Specialist at North Dakota State University. She joins us to share what her role is in promoting soil health in North Dakota. Dr. Wick works primarily with farmers but also coordinates county extension agents and other educators to share what new research indicates with regards to enriching the health of the soil. She encourages networking between all factions of agriculture to best help the farmer in their pursuit of a high quality yield. Her Cafe Talks have become a welcomed forum for farmers to receive, engage with and implement new practices that work best for their individual needs.

    “Every year is different...that makes it a lifelong pursuit, makes it an awareness that you have to have of your system.” - Dr. Abbey Wick

    This Week on Soil Sense:

    How North Dakota coordinates efforts to disseminate information What soil health means to her as a soil scientist What are the obstacles she must overcome to get new ideas and research accepted Why Soil Health does not lend itself to a “one size fits all”  prescription service What happens when she doesn’t know the answer to a farmer’s questions. What is a S.H.A.R.E. Farm

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