University of Illinois Extension

Archives for April 2014

April 10, 2014

Richard Hentschel discusses what to do with soil test results once we have a soil test taken with Russ Higgins, Ag Educator from the Northern Illinois Research Farm. Russ noted that the results give us a basis for recommendations. pH is often the more critical test level because it influences all other nutrient availability. While farmers do not routinely test for organic matter it is a good test for the homeowner. Russ suggests getting a soil test done every four years.

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April 3, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator about a cover crop study going on the Northern Illinois Research Farm. Russ notes that while gardeners and farmers alike are growing annual crops. Part of any year, that soil is not growing anything and there is the opportunity to try cover crops. Russ suggested gardeners could try oats. Richard also suggested fall for cover crops, as we seem to conclude gardening as school begins.

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