Dr. Cody Zilverberg is not your ordinary rangeland scientist who grew up on the ranch knowing this was exactly what he wanted to do. Cody’s path was somewhat more circuitous – he grew up in Central South Dakota on a registered beef cattle ranch that his parents, brother, and sister-in-law still operate. Cody studied computer…
It’s often thought that being a rancher is a noble profession—but not one that easily pays the bills. In this episode, Jenita Qualm (current Farmers Network Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Specialist) calls on us to question this old way of looking at the ranching profession and invites us to step into a reality where ranchers…
“The Eastern Red Cedar invasion is happening right in my backyard. It affects many of my friends, landowners, ranchers, and people I work with in the county.” Sean Kelly, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Range Management Field Specialist, Winner, South Dakota, discusses the process of a prescribed burn to showcase the safe use of…
“Soil health knows no bounds,’ says Jeff Zimprich, the recently retired NRCS State Conservationist in South Dakota. “It can be accomplished on the front lawn and is alive and well in our grasslands and our croplands. But we can always do more to become more resilient to handle the weather patterns coming our way.” Hear…
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In this final video in our series unpacking the Haney Test (an assessment of soil nutrient availability), Dr. Buz Kloot explains what the final component, the ‘H3A’ Test, is and why it’s relevant to farmers and their soils.
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In this video, Dr. Buz Kloot unpacks the second part of the Haney Test dealing with organic matter.
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In this video, Dr. Buz Kloot unpacks the first part of the haney test dealing with CO2C and soil respiration.
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Throughout the duration of the Cover5 project there has been a lot of talk about ‘soil biology’. While many of our previous videos have shown obvious visual changes in soils over time through regenerative management practices, what other ways are there to measure and track the biological improvement of our soils? In this next series…