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Volume 1: It's All About Soil

Find 40 of the best, most informative talks from the archive of Acres U.S.A's annual conference speakers, presenters and teachers.

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  • Neal Kinsey: Using Soil Analysis to Grow Crops MP3

    In his compelling talk from Acres U.S.A.'s annual conference, Neal Kinsey instructs listeners how to use soil analysis and data to grow specific crops. He includes what to look for, and why, in this must-have for eco-agriculture enthusiasts. Learn More
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  • Joel Simmons: Soil Fertility 101 MP3

    This seasoned soil fertility consultant will present an overview of soil fertility element balancing as a foundation for soil health coupled with modern, carbon-based fertility concerns and inputs. Gain a basic understanding of Albrecht-method fertility management as well as supplements and options. Learn that without balanced soil minerals the soil cannot breathe enough for carbon-based fertility and soil life to properly do its job. Learn More
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  • Ray Roettger: Our Health and Our Wealth Start in the Soil MP3

    Ray Roettger, an Indiana-based soil and crop consultant, will explain specific eco-farming practices that will help you grow healthy crops and healthy bottom lines year in and year out. (And he will tell you what not to do, too!) Learn More
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  • Larry Zibilske: Water As It Relates to Use Efficiency, Soil Fertility and Crop Yields MP3

    Dr. Larry M. Zibilske detailed to a crowd of farmers at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. annual conference about water sources and their chemical makeup affects soil nutrition and efficacy. The crowd learned about plant movement, as well as the detail of the compounds — both good and bad — commonly found in shared water supplies. He takes the normal conversation beyond just "how much" or "how little" and into the real nuances that matter. Learn More
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  • Mark Sturges: Inoculating the Soil and Benefits of Compost MP3

    Mark Sturges spoke to an intrigued audience at the 2013 Acres U.S.A. annual conference and showed off all his skills: author, poet, wine connoisseur, self-schooled biologist and farmer. He says there is not enough compost in the world to help farmers, compared with the results that farmers can get when using carefully crafted compost on their crops and soils. Learn More
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  • Greg Judy: Mob Grazing and the Explosion of Soil Life MP3

    Greg Judy is a Missouri-based grass farmer who has developed and propelled the art of so-called "mob-grazing," an amazing phenomenon. He taught a crowd at the 2013 Acres U.S.A. annual conference about his techniques to bring about an explosion of life in the soil, and how his techniques can help any farmer rescue damaged soil. He firmly believes in multi-purpose livestock, not just for meat and milk, but for how they can contribute and help maintain a healthy soil for other crops. Learn More
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  • Gabe Brown: Large Scale Rapid Building of Soil with Cover Crops MP3

    Gabe Brown takes on the nay-sayers in his 2013 talk at the Acres U.S.A. annual conference. He shows that with science-based techniques, it's possible to convert a large-scale farm to the methods of eco-agriculture. He goes into detail with techniques and tried-and-true methods he has developed on his 5,400-acre farm in North Dakota. Learn More
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  • Neal Kinsey: Soil Fertility and Tillage as They Relate to Compaction MP3

    Neal Kinsey's talk at the 2012 Acres U.S.A. annual conference deals with an issue that most farmers confront: compaction. Compaction, he says, may not be the most interesting topic, but understanding how to solve that problem limits the fertility of plants in a major way. The two issues — compaction and fertility — are actually intertwined. Learn More
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  • Hugh Lovel: The Need for Total Soil Testing MP3

    Hugh Lovel is a longtime friend of Acres U.S.A, and spoke at our 2012 annual conference about the knowledge he has gained from years of consulting with farmers on multiple continents. Learn More
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  • Jeff Lowenfels: Soil Life 101 MP3

    The author of the book Teaming with Microbes, explains the concept of the soil foodweb and how it applies to growers at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. annual conference. Learn of the interconnectedness of soil bacteria, fungi, and other forms of microlife and how they function within processes of nutrient cycling in the soil.

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  • Hugh Lovel: Diagnosing Soil and Pasture Health — The Silica Story MP3

    Hugh Lovel spoke at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. annual conference to a packed house of farmers and consultants, who were there to hear Lovel speak about what farmers and ranchers need to look for before purchasing land, or deciding what crops to grow on the land they own. His own experience refurbishing a farm in Georgia goes a long way in telling his story and teaching others. Learn More
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  • Doug Gunnink: Feed the Plant or Feed the Soil? MP3

    Doug Gunnink, a longtime farm consultant, dives into the age-old question still teasing agriculture: feed the plant or feed the soil? Drawing on his experience with Upper Midwest crops and pastures, Gunnink relates the art and science of obtaining a crop while optimizing for production and building toward the future in his 2016 talk at the Acres U.S.A. annual conference. Learn More
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  • Ron McLean: Improving Soils and Pasture Productivity MP3

    This New Zealand consultant related dramatic results seen through implementation of Albrecht-Kinsey-style soil fertility balancing on pastures there. Through effective and proper soil fertility element balancing in the soil farmers there have seen improved pasture health (doubling pasture growth over a six-year period) and resultant livestock health and productivity. Moving beyond the prevalent NPK-style fertility management has brought tremendous gains to his client farmers. Recorded at the 2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, December 2, 2016. Learn More
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  • Dr. Robert Kremer: Soil Health Relative to Sustainable and Organic Systems and in Natural Ecosystems MP3

    Dr. Robert Kremer spoke at the 2016 Acres U.S.A. annual conference on sustainability in soil. Ecological farming conserves and improves soil resource and protects environmental quality by using organic or natural resources without the application of synthetic chemicals. The assessment of soil quality demonstrates the extent to which farmers can optimize soil productivity and maintain its structural and biological integrity. This multi-disciplined researcher explained how organic systems can impact fundamental biochemical characteristics of soil which are indicators of soil health. He will explain the science of soil health and steer attendees toward farming methods that build soil health. Learn More
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  • Neal Kinsey: Weeds and Soil Fertility MP3

    Insightful agronomists have long seen a correlation between soil deficiencies and specific weeds appearing. Neal Kinsey draws on his own experience with diverse crops from around the world to illustrate connections between weeds and soil fertility. With weeds consistently ranked farmers’ top problem, consider this added element as part of the weed control equation. Neal Kinsey is the world’s foremost trainer and practitioner of CEC-based soil fertility management as first espoused byProf. William Albrecht. Recorded at the 2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Thursday, December 1, 2016. Learn More
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