Updating Soil Analysis to Consider Microbial Influence with Rick Haney
1 hr 3 min

Rick Haney is a renowned researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the creator of the Haney Soil Analysis, an innovative extraction procedure to assess overall soil health and plant mineral availability. Today, John sits down with Rick to hear his story and discuss a future of agriculture centered around agronomic realities and biological processes.

Throughout the episode, John and Rick cover a wide array of topics:

  • The journey Rick took to discover an improved system for analyzing soil health, eventually leading to the development of his namesake soil assay.
  • How Rick’s work and an emphasis on data can help growers save an average of $20 per acre in nitrogen applications.
  • Over-fertilization and what soil respiration says about the fertility of a field.
  • Rick’s battle with calibrations and the industry’s collective leaps in agronomic understanding since the 60’s.
  • The work of Dr. Richard Mulvaney, namely the Illinois Soil Test, and how it compares to Haney’s soil nitrogen report. 
  • The shortcomings of mainstream agronomic research and the power of “listening to nature.”
  • The importance of using water and biological activity as the gauge of soil mineral release rather than acids and extractants to judge soil mineral content.
  • Why many growers are routinely able to reduce Nitrogen and Phosphorus inputs.
  • The importance of looking at real yields rather than soil test data as the sign of a well-functioning fertility program.
  • The power of  embracing new developments in ag research and the future of in-field sensors.
The Abundant Edge
The Abundant Edge
Abundant Edge
The fascinating new science of regenerating soil, with Matt Powers, author of “regenerative soil”
Now that I've wrapped up the series on waterway regeneration, I wanted to transition into a two episode deep dive into an essential component of water cycle health and how it affects the land by analysing the most elemental component of a healthy ecology, and that of course is soil. There’ve been a ton of new developments and research in this field in a very short time as scientists and agronomists alike are uncovering new insights into mineral cycles, the soil food web, plant and mycological relationships, and so much more.  Now you could sort through a small library of work to get a complete picture of all of these new developments, or you could save time and find them all in one brilliant new book called Regenerative Soil by my good friend Matt Powers, the author of many well known volumes including the Permaculture Student volumes one and two, Unstoppable Enthusiasm, and now even volumes for children including the newest, The Forgotten Food Forest which can all be found on his website along with many online courses at thepermaculturestudent.com But of course today, we’ll be focusing on the cutting edge of soil science and how these new discoveries can help you in a very practical way to improve the health of the soil on your land and grow the highest quality food anywhere.  In this session Matt unpacks and simplifies concepts like Eh and redox scales, Exclusion zone water, and soil amendments for any kind of deficiency. We also talk about how this new information has changed the way he manages his own garden and his advice for some of the best practices for large scale soil improvement. Resources: https://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/ https://abundantearthfoundation.org/
1 hr 10 min
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
Michael Kilpatrick
101. Adam and Jordan on Thriving Mycologically
Have you ever considered taking a completely different kind of farming journey? Adam Cohen and Jordan Jent join us today from Texas Fungus, hailing from Fort Worth and supplying all of Northern Texas. Jordan started Texas Fungus in the Fall of 2016 and now grows the most premium mushrooms in the area and beyond. The original farm began in a one-car garage and has since relocated to Arlington, TX in a 2,000 sq.ft. facility after Jordan partnered with Adam in January 2019. The farm has been expanding and thriving ever since. Join us to learn all about how they cultivate the best damn mushrooms in Texas! You’ll hear: How Jordan and Adam got started working with mushrooms 1:06 What makes growing mushrooms different from other crops 10:06 What a typical day at Texas Fungus looks like 11:45 How much time Jordan and Adam spend on the farm 16:41 How they prioritize important tasks 18:00 The most difficult thing they’ve encountered after starting their business 22:04 How Jordan and Adam advise learning about mushroom production to newcomers 29:38 How roles are divided on Texas Fungus 36:29 Which of their products sell best in Fort Worth and surrounding areas 50:26 What the whole growing process looks like 56:01 The biggest mistakes Adam and Jordan see newer farmers making 1.03:25 Their favorite farming tool 1.11:20 How Jordan and Adam feel about the prospect of starting a new farm today 1.15:53 Where you can learn more about Adam, Jordan, and Texas Fungus 1.19:36 What they’re currently doing with their grow kits 1.20:53 About the Guests: Adam Cohen is a former school teacher (Math, Science, Agriculture), who spent much of the last 15 years working with hydroponics and aquaponics. Struggling to find a way to balance the time needed to be an effective teacher with the needs of running a successful farm, Adam kept looking for ways to be more efficient and to do more with less. A chance meeting in late 2018 introduced him to Jordan Jent and the two partnered up to build Texas Fungus, a small artisan mushroom farm in the heart of the DFW Metroplex. Jent, a former Chef with a self-professed "black-thumb" had been growing mushrooms for a short time and was looking to find a way to bring a new connection to the DFW food-scene that had not existed in the area prior. Since January of 2019, Adam and Jordan have overcome a number of challenges and growing pains as they work to bring the #bestdamnmushrooms to DFW. In the fall of 2017, Jordan Jent received a mushroom kit as a gift that didn't fruit out. About that same time, he was also looking for a way out of the 9 to 5 corporate rat race. As a former chef, he still found himself looking for ways to be connected to the local DFW food scene. After the failed kit, Jordan stumbled upon mushroom growing and went down the rabbit hole. One year later in 2018, Jordan decided to go all-in and leave the simplicity of a 40-hour work week and good benefits for a life of mushroom farming, providing the #bestdamnmushroomsindfw to local chefs. After partnering up with Adam Cohen in the beginning of 2019, they expanded from 5 restaurants and 50lbs per week to 30+ restaurants and 250lbs per week by the end of 2019. Resources: Website - www.texasfungus.com Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/texasfungus/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/texas_fungus/
1 hr 25 min
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Koen van Seijen
97 Ethan Soloviev, enormous lack of regenerative ingredients for food companies and what to do about it
This is a check in interview with Ethan Soloviev, chief innovation officer of HowGood, a good friend of the podcast and one of the leaders in the regenerative food and agriculture space, where we talk about the regen hype. Where are we?  ----------------------------------------------------- Welcome to Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food. Join our Gumroad community, discover the tiers and benefits here: www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag. Other ways to support our work: - Share the podcast - Give a 5-star rating - Or buy us a coffee… or a meal! www.Ko-fi.com/regenerativeagriculture. ------------------------------------------------------ *Main topics of the interview:* * Regenerative business * Regenerative investing * The lack of ingredients grown with regenerative approaches and what large and small food companies are doing about that More about this episode on: https://investinginregenerativeagriculture.com/2020/11/24/ethan-soloviev-2. Find our video course here: https://investinginregenerativeagriculture.com/course/ ----------------------------------------------------------- For feedback, ideas, suggestions please contact us through Twitter @KoenvanSeijen, or get in touch through the website www.investinginregenerativeagriculture.com. Join our newsletter on www.eepurl.com/cxU33P. The above references an opinion and is for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice. Support the show (https://www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag) Support the show (https://www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag)
44 min
In Search of Soil
In Search of Soil
Diego Footer
Full Show: Peter McCoy - Mycology |In Search of Soil #7
One of the members of the soil ecology that is mentioned on a generalized note is fungi. Although we recognize their importance, there aren’t a lot of specifics tied to mycology—and that’s because there’s still a lot we don’t know about them. As a branch of science, mycology is still relatively new and a lot less studied compared to other fields of study. Today, we have mycologist Peter McCoy to shed some more light on fungi from a deeply mycological perspective. Peter McCoy is a mycologist and mycology educator with 17 years of experience. Known for mushroom cultivation and mycological remediation, he authored Radical Mycology, a 650-page book of condensed knowledge about fungi. He also created Mycologos in response to the growing need for accessible mycological education. Learn from Peter at https://mycologos.world/ WATCH FULL EPISODES YouTube https://bit.ly/watchISOS Follow Diego @diegofooter - https://www.instagram.com/diegofooter In this episode of In Search of Soil * How are mycelia faring in this day and age? (02:09) * Fungi are the first to come back from the most detriment (03:18) * 7% of CO2 are from humans and 85% comes from the soil (06:00) * Fungal respiration (07:06) * We’re living in the fungi and plants’ world (08:14) * The paradigm shift when studying fungi (09:13) * Tons of undiscovered science behind fungi (11:11) * Mycology: we don’t know what we don’t know yet (11:46) * Fungal mycology and human intersections with mycology (12:18) * We’re in the fourth era of the human-fungal history (13:13) * Mycology is a neglected mega science (15:25) * Where agriculture’s understanding of mycology is (16:02) * Mycology isn’t learned about (17:41) * Shifting the awareness about fungi (18:40) * Fungi in a culinary standpoint (19:58) * Fungi in an agricultural standpoint (20:33) * Fungal mycelium and their compounds may be the primary source of carbon in whole soil communities (22:22) * What exactly is mycelium made of? (27:35) * The fungal cell wall (28:36) * How readily viable is sloughed off fungi? (30:55) * If fungi pair up with plants, how much carbon is produced by the plants, and how much is produced by the fungi? (33:28) * What can a plant do if it’s been stripped off from its relationship with the microorganisms it’s dependent on? (38:18) * Plants have evolved to be entirely dependent on fungi (40:10) * Why some plants don’t form robust relationships with microorganisms (43:35) * The definition of a mycorrhiza (44:44) * Dark septate endophytes or DSEs (45:38) * Does crop rotation make sense in the perspective of plant-fungi relationships? (47:30) * Given a robust soil ecosystem, would fungal intervention suffice in keeping the harmful pathogens away from the plant? (54:43) * Withholding fertilizer application because the soil ecosystem fertilizes itself (58:23) * Trichoderma species of mold (01:00:57) * Assuming there isn’t good fungi in the soil, will the good fungi show up if you take care of your soil well enough? (01:03:36) * Are quickly made compost beneficial to developing fungi? (01:07:12) * What fungi do you need? (01:09:44) * What kind of fungi do you want to encourage to grow in the soil as much as possible? (01:13:33) * Putting in all stages of decomposition in your compost pile (01:19:02) * Is there any heat in fungal decomposition? (01:21:40) * Going about speeding up wood chip compost (01:24:02) * The go-to: garden giant mushroom (01:24:47) * The ideal temperature to speed up composting in a lab setting (01:26:45) * Optimum moisture for fungi (01:28:28) * Oxygen and decomposition: are there fungi that thrive in low oxygen? (01:30:02) * Are we adding fungal food when we add finished compost? (01:32:32) * Soil amendments that benefit fungi (01:34:20) * Growing mycology with community science (01:38:40) * Propagating resident fungi and re-inoculating (01:40:55) * Do compost teas make sense and are they really doing anything (01:45:21) * Propagation: the limiting factor is air agitation (01:47:48) * Stick to paying attention on keeping what’s above ground healthy (01:52:47) * Nature will find a way to put things in place where they belong (01:55:32) * Concentrate on bringing back as much diversity as possible (01:56:35) * A fungal perspective on biochar (01:57:00) * Mycologos, Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy (01:59:38) * Diego wraps up the episode with where to get in touch with Peter McCoy (02:03:28) * Accountability and intellectual honesty (01:05:20) * Anyone can make a mycological breakthrough tomorrow (02:07:33) * Arbuscular mycorrhiza: a mycological mindblower (02:08:31)
2 hr 13 min
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Jeff Ott, Kim Flottum
Ernst Seed Company - Calvin Ernst with Kirsten (S3, E26)
Protecting pollinators and improving the habitat for honey bees often entails planting nectar and pollen rich plants. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Calvin Ernst, founder of Ernst Seeds, who has been deeply involved with growing native plants for over 50 years. Learn how providing seeds for erosion control to the Department of Transportation helped him start his company and how he transitioned the company’s focus to natives over time. He provides solid advice on preparing the ground prior to planting for pollinators. Learn more about this family run business and how it provides for pollinators in this week’s show. Also in this episode, Kim reviews The Art of the Bee: Shaping the Environment from Landscapes to Societies by Dr. Robert Page. Additional information: * Ernst Seeds - https://www.ernstseed.com * Ernst Planting Guides - https://www.ernstseed.com/resources/ * Beekeeping Today Podcast Episode with Randi and Lindsey of Ernst Pollinator Service - https://beekeepingtodaypodcast.com/large-scale-planting-large-scale-pollinator-habitats-with-lindsey-white-and-randi-grout-s2-e12 * Ernst Pollinator Service - https://www.ernstpollinatorservice.com * Bee Culture's "Catch The Buzz" on Honey Bee Vaccines - https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-honey-bee-vaccine/ * The Art of the Bee on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0197504140 _______________________ Kirsten's interviews are brought to you by BetterBee. BetterBee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. How do they do this? Because many of their employees are also beekeepers, so they know the needs, challenges and answers to your beekeeping questions. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, BetterBee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com Thank you to Global Patties for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast! Global Patties is a family business that manufactures protein supplement patties for honey bees. Feeding your hives protein supplement patties will help ensure that they produce strong and health colonies by increasing brood production and overall honey flow. Global offers a variety of standard patties, as well as custom patties to meet your specific needs. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! We want to also thank 2 Million Blossoms as a sponsor of the podcast. 2 Million Blossoms is a new quarterly magazine destined for your coffee table. Each page of the magazine is dedicated to the stories and photos of all pollinators and written by leading researchers, photographers and our very own, Kim Flottum. _______________ We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com Thanks to Bee Culture, the Magazine of American Beekeeping, for their support of The Beekeeping Today Podcast. Available in print and digital at www.beeculture.com Thank you for listening! Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"
46 min
The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson
The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson
Featuring special guests such as Jason Mraz, Kari Spencer, Lisa Steele, and
568: Mike McMahon on the Fresh Food Collab
Improving access to adequate food for the Working Poor. In This Podcast: The rise of COVID-19 sent the world into a panic as we saw grocery store shelves emptied across the nation. All of the sudden there was not enough food, distributors were tossing food, and food banks were constrained. However, Michael McMahon saw the problem and wanted to become a part of the solution. Listen in to learn about how he is supporting food banks, eliminating food waste, and what he is doing to create a local food system for the urban environment. Don’t miss an episode! Click here to sign up for podcast updates or visit www.urbanfarm.org/podcast Michael graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design, and Arizona State University with a master’s degree in Urban Planning. For 30 years, he has been the owner of AEC a commercial landscape company, specializing in native plant salvage and revegetation. Michael is the founder of the community garden Agave Farms, in Phoenix and a non-profit, Urban Farming Education. His non-profit partnered with other organizations to initiate the Fresh Food Collab as a response to economic impacts of Covid 19 and fill the growing need of adequate food in the community. Visit www.urbanfarm.org/weareufe for the show notes on this episode, and access to our full podcast library! Michael McMahon on the Fresh Food Collab.
43 min
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