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Join us for a free educational grower meetings that will assist in connecting the dots between feeding the microbes living in your soil and improvements in your crop yield with the PhycoTerra® product line. We will have a detailed discussion on how soil health can...

Join us for a free educational grower meetings that will assist in connecting the dots between feeding the microbes living in your soil and improvements in your crop yield with the PhycoTerra® product line. We will have a detailed discussion on how soil health can...

Partnership Announcement with Winfield United Canada On December 4th, Heliae® Agriculture announced a collaboration with WinField United Canada, an agriculture leader focused on long-term sustainability. This partnership will bring new value to ag retailers through assisting growers’ transition to regenerative agriculture practices. Through this collaboration, WinField...

“Green or red?” This is a question I often heard at local restaurants growing up in New Mexico.  The question, which in fact is the official state question for New Mexico, refers to what color of chile sauce you want on your food. The preference has a strong geopolitical...

According to research from University of Illinois Extension, the average American eats over five pounds of strawberries a year—3.4 pounds of which are consumed fresh, with the remaining purchased and consumed as frozen. And while we are on the topic of fun-facts, if every strawberry...

Farmer uses digital tablet to inspect young green corn plants in cultivated field growth In a previously recorded webinar, Dr. Karl Wyant, Vice President of Ag Science at Heliae®, spends an hour introducing the concepts of soil health and soil quality while describing the three holistic...

In our upcoming webinar in partnership with CropLife, Dr. Karl Wyant, Vice President of Ag Science at Heliae Agriculture, will discuss the important relationship between the crop seed and the surrounding microbiome.  This area, termed the spermosphere, is a small, short lived zone around...

The hallmark of summertime treats, melons, are popular worldwide. In the US alone, the average person eats a whopping 26 pounds of melon each year! In 2017, watermelon made up about 16 pounds with cantaloupe and honeydew melons trailing at 8.7 and 1.5 pounds, respectively....

Despite the dinner table grumblings of children, broccoli and cauliflower consumption continues to increase, both on a domestic and global scale, to the tune of a 940% increase in the US over the past 25 years. Today, the average annual US consumption of broccoli is...

Dr. Wyant will spend an hour introducing the concepts of soil health and soil quality and extensively describe the three holistic components that serve as the foundation of a good field management program - chemical, physical, and biological. Dr. Wyant will walk the audience through...

Challenges in the Field Potato production brings significant challenges to growers regarding the opportunity to participate in soil health and quality building measures on their fields (Hills et al., 2018). A recent review called for improved soil health and quality to help ensure the long term...

Dr. Wyant from Heliae® Agriculture will discuss the 10 ways that permanent crop growers can get started in regenerative agriculture including: Reducing TillagePlanting Cover-cropsKeeping Soils Covered Year RoundAdding Compost/ManureFocusing on Soil HealthFocusing on Soil QualityMeasuring and Keeping Soil Test RecordsBeing PatientManaging Salinity and DrainageReducing Erosion (Wind...

The Importance of Microbial Activity in Soil Although soil microbes, including bacteria and fungi, are microscopically small, they can have an enormous impact on the performance of your almond crop.  According to a recent study, soil microbial communities associated with tree crops are critical for their long-term growth and...

“As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil health and productive is of paramount importance.”   As stated by the USDA, There are a few practices that you can implement to get started down the path of regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is a holistic field management...

Are your fields ready to quench the thirst of your crop as the season heats up?  As we discussed last month, high performance soils do an exceptional job at receiving in and storing soil moisture, whether be it from irrigation or from rainfall.  This stored soil water is...

Is your soil built for high performance? That is, does your soil have the optimized capacity to store nutrients and water, allow for plant roots to grow unimpeded by compaction and areas with low oxygen, and support a healthy microbial community (Figure 1)? This seems...

Globally, agricultural soils have lost considerable amounts of carbon, particularly in the last 200 years (Sanderman et al. 2017). This is problematic as soil carbon imparts desirable properties to agricultural systems such as increased nutrient retention for plant use, elevated water holding capacity, and improved soil structure. Improved water penetration and decreased erosion are also associated with soils that have higher carbon level. Recent work among agricultural scientists and in the popular agriculture press have highlighted a new set of holistic management tools that can improve soil carbon and soil quality. These practices are termed regenerative agriculture.  

In celebrating World Soil Day (Dec 5th) and the theme of stopping soil erosion, I wanted to remind you of the important role that soil plays in sustaining a healthy planet and, ultimately, our way of life.  Starting at Heliae® Agriculture this fall as the...