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Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet?

Could farm subsidies actually harm people and the planet? In an article written this month by Damian Carrington, environment editor for The Guardian, he cites a report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), that says “almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful.”” Read full article here. Continue Reading →

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise?

Is the Fall Armyworm on the Rise? According to two recent articles by Genevieve Croft, International Affairs Fellow, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science, and Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, the Fall Armyworm is on the rise and according to Croft “posing a threat to global food security.” In Crofts recent article, she says that the “Fall Armyworm (Spdoptera frugiperda) is a destructive pest that can feed on 80 different crop species, including corn.” Read the full article here. In Russell’s article on July [...] Continue Reading →

Soil Techs’ Bio-fungicide Research History

Soil Techs’ Bio-fungicide Research History In 1989, Soil Technologies Corp. (Soil Tech), a leading research firm in the area of biological inputs for agriculture, submitted a project funding proposal to the Iowa Product Development Corporation Fund (IPDCF). In 1990, Soil Tech was awarded with a PROPEL grant of nearly $300,000 to accelerate market development of a “non-toxic, biological fungicide for the turfgrass pathogens commonly known as Leaf Spot and Dollar Spot.”  Even though there had been earlier research on the concept of biological control of [...] Continue Reading →

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Robotic Weeders Have Gone From Science Fiction to Science Fact Weeds can be one of the most trourblesome problems, especially for organic farmers. But now there's a solution that looks like something out of the pages of science fiction--robotic weeders! This recent article in The Guardian provides a quick overview of various robotic farming methods being used in field and greenhouse, as well as the reasons robots may be a solution for farmers dealing with high costs, labor shortages, and the need to decrease chemical inputs.  Continue Reading →

Rodale Says Regenerative Agriculture is a Win-Win-Win Climate Solution

If you're familiar with the Rodale Institute, then you know about their deep commitment to soil health. At Soil Tech, we share this commitment and consider organizations like the Rodale Institute to be incredible resources. We invite you to view one of their recent white papers here--it'a all about how regenerative agriculture offers a win-win-win solution to the climate crisis. Continue Reading →

“Bac-Pack is providing some real benefits at a lower cost. It’s saving us money.”

“Bac-Pack is providing some real benefits at a lower cost. It’s saving us money.” Jim Evans GCS, has groomed and maintained the 18 holes at Turnberry Golf Club in the Village of Lakewood IL for the past 30+ years. During his tenure, the course has played host to several USGA, CDGA and PGA events including the Illinois Open, and US Open Qualifying. Professionals and amateurs alike have commented on the condition of the course and its’ consistent greens. Recently, Jim was interviewed by Xavier Dupoux, the USA National Golf Course Sales Manager for Soil [...] Continue Reading →

“Healthier Turfgrass for Less Money, That’s a Win/Win!”

“Healthier Turfgrass for Less Money, That’s a Win/Win!” Rick Hynson has been the golf course superintendent at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta Missouri for almost 30 years. He arrived 28 years ago as a construction superintendent for Dye Designs and never left. Rick oversaw the earth moving and shaping of the golf course and knows every hole. Boone Valley uses creeping bentgrass, a cool-season grass, on its greens, tees and fairways, which requires careful upkeep in the transition zone. Other courses in the St. Louis area typically [...] Continue Reading →

Greens with Liquid Aeration Can Handle a lot of Stress

Greens with Liquid Aeration Can Handle a lot of Stress “After seeing an ad for the Liquid Aeration program, and then reading a few testimonials, my interest grew in the products. A lot of golf is crammed into our short seasons here in Wyoming, so anything we can do to stay ahead is a bonus. After 3 years on the program, I am sold and especially after 2020,” says Superintendent John Roth, GCS at Paradise Valley Golf Center in Casper, Wyoming.   He goes on to explain what it was that sold [...] Continue Reading →

Recent Florida Nematode Study Shows Great Results

Recent Florida Nematode Study Shows Great Results When Dale Walters, CGCS at Moorings CC in Naples FL was asked about doing some tests on his fairways of a promising new nematode control program, he was happy to co-operate. With more than 20 years experience at the Moorings Club, Dale had been looking for a more cost-effective application that could help him reduce nematode control inputs without sacrificing turfgrass quality. Dale was familiar with running agronomic tests on his greens, as he had previously worked with the USGA [...] Continue Reading →

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles ~with Wes Ory, Heritage Lawns & Irrigation Wes Ory is owner and founder of Heritage Lawns & Irrigation in Kansas City, in business since 1995. Heritage Lawns prides themselves on being an earth-friendly lawn and irrigation company. Their focus is trying to do the right thing, whether it’s saving water with their irrigation services, or using organic fertilization practices. According to Wes, Kansas City has a real heavy clay soil that bakes down into brick every summer. Heritage Lawns had [...] Continue Reading →