1363 – Soil Health Practice Adoption… How to Make it Through Spring with Low Forage Supply

  • Adopting Soil Health Practices in Kansas
  • Prairie Strips to Encourage Beneficial Insects
  • Dairy Options When Dealing with Low Forage Supply


00:01:15  — Adopting Soil Health Practices in Kansas: We begin today’s show joined by K-State assistant professors in agricultural communications, Nellie Hill and Katie Starzec. Today they share with us insight on a recent study looking at soil health practice adoption by Kansas producers. Nellie and Katie share the practices that interest Kansas producers most, their barriers to getting started, and encouragement to lean on and learn from other producers looking to explore this area.

 The soil health project portion of this episode is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number NR206215XXXXG003. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, any reference to specific brands or types of products or services does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for those products or services.

00:12:08 — Prairie Strips to Encourage Beneficial Insects:  Prairie strips go by several names including conservation strips and floral enhancements, but no matter what you call them they have a multitude of impacts. Tania Kim, K-State assistant professor in entomology, joins us for a conversation on her work looking at the use of prairie strips to encourage beneficial insects specifically with soybeans.


More information on Tania’s lab and their work at K-State

Iowa State resource for more information on prairie strips


00:23:06 — Dairy Options When Dealing with Low Forage Supply: We end with this week’s Milk Lines where K-State dairy specialist, Mike Brouk, shares information on short forage season options to help bridge the gap between the 2022 crop and the harvesting of the 2023 crop. He covers several options that will provide dairy producers with opportunity to supplement forage supplies while also providing more flexibility.


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