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Can I make my pastures better?

Can I make my pastures better?

Many farmers and ranchers spend large amounts of dollars buying excellent livestock and then put them on pastures that receive no fertility amendments. When soil nutrition is compromised, the vigor and stand density of desirable forage species decline, allowing weed species to establish, as forage quality diminishes. Animals tend to graze species they find palatable while avoiding week species. Farmers with weed-dominated pastures need to increase the amount of hay or grain fed to pastured animals, thus increasing their operational costs.

In weed-dominated fields with low soil fertility levels, nutrition available to the animals may be compromised, necessitating the feeding of often expensive supplements to maintain optimum animal health. It seems that many who have livestock on pasture, make the assumption that because they have grown grass on their pastures it is unnecessary to do soil samples and amendments. This type of thinking can ultimately result in costly losses in terms of plant and animal health, and even needlessly limit potential grass production.

The more you rely on pasture as feed for your livestock, the more critical it is to know the actual fertility levels present there. Too many producers neglect the nutrients in the soil. You cannot properly manage what you do not correctly measure this is especially true for assuring correct pasture fertility levels for optimum growth and nutrition.

We can help you make sure that your pasture fertility levels reach their full potential for optimum growth and nutrition to protect your livestock, as well as save on the amount of supplemental feed you will need.

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Dairy Quality Hay!

Dairy Quality Hay!

For anyone who feeds livestock, the growing of high quality, healthful forages should be your number one concern. Healthy food will provide you maximum production as well as promote their health and well-being. High quality hay can be an excellent cash crop in many parts of the country. Alfalfa has been called the “queen of forages” because of its remarkable ability to produce high yields of nutrition under a wide range of soil and climate conditions.

How do we raise high quality forage for our animals? What is the definition of ‘high quality’? High quality forage is predictable in yield and quality despite some of Mother Nature’s influences. Everyone knows of areas on their farm or a neighbors that seem to defy the rules and always outperform other areas. Many times it is the mineral profile in that soil. Dr. William A Albrecht spent his life identifying that profile. Through this process we can convert all of your soil to that same predictable high yield, high quality crop, year in and year out.

How do we raise high quality forages? The most important factor that determines the quality and yield of a crop is soil. Soil fertility and soil conditions play a major role in plant growth and crop yield and most of all quality.

Pedogenesis will help you identify the strength and weakness of your soil through an in depth soil mineral audit. Call or email us for more information.
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Conventional and Organic Starter

Conventional and Organic Starter

Absorbing nutrition is necessary to sustain plant life and produce a successful crop. The soil and the plants we work with are living organisms. Put good nutrition into the soil environment and you can expect consistent positive return. Hydrogen in the water chemistry feeds all different forms of bacteria, fungi, and molds to help them as an energy source which creates organic acids that feed your plants root system.

Oxygen is another content that has been found to be extremely beneficial to the overall crop production. The oxygen content in the soil is the very thing that allows the ‘heartbeat’ in the soil to pound away creating incredible rewards! Soil is at its healthiest when the nutrients are plentiful and balanced with sufficient oxygen and water.

We have a program that will help you achieve healthy fertile soil and give you better quality as well as quantity. Our starter consists of 12-19 products customized to fit your needs whether you are Organic or Conventional. These products will help open up your soil to give it the oxygen it needs and help the water reach all the living organisms which feed your plants root system.

Benefits of starter:
– Increase crop yields and profits
– Improve crop quality
– Reduce fertilizer nitrogen inputs & improve its utilization
– Hasten germination and maturity
– Improve soil structure & infiltration
– Easy to use & inexpensive
– Does not need to be tilled into the soil
– Can be put on seeds

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Words from David

Words from David

Our goal is to provide a balanced fertility system that allows plants to achieve their full potential as well as deliver cost effective services and products without sacrificing quality and quantity.

For centuries we have farmed our land producing various types of crops for both human and animal consumption. Over the years we have steadily increased our crop yields and continue to pull the nutrients out of the soil without replenishing what has been taken. As owner and consultant of Pedogenesis Inc. my number one priority is to make sure our clients are getting the highest quality crop their soil can deliver.

My goal is to educate and train our clients on how fertility should be added to their soils so a good return can be predicted, expected and repeated! These tools will allow you to achieve steady returns on the dollars invested in fertilizers, while obtaining the highest quality and yield for your chosen crop. You need to justify the input cost of this program for your operation and this is only done with real numbers and real performance on your farm.

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Fertilizer Application

Fertilizer Application

In 2014 Pedogenesis added another Aspect to the company as we purchased a Dry Spreader, a Liquid Sprayer as well as a 60 foot spray bar with a Farm King trailer.

Our Star Flex Liquid Spray truck is equipped with the newest version of the Raven Viper 4 Precision Farming which includes Accu-boom, Auto-boom, GPS, etc. Equipped with 120 foot booms it allows us to cover 80 acres an hour on an average field.

Our Dry Spreader is equipped with the Raven Viper Pro Precision Farming Unit. With the spinner system and the dry fertilizer that we custom mix we are able to do a 75 foot spread.
The spray bar and Farm king allow us to apply 200 gallons an acre with the option of injecting a second product.

These units are only used for Non-GMO and Organic fertilizer so there is no need to worry about chemical contamination.
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Soil Program

Soil Program

Pedogenesis has put together six different levels of our program. When deciding if your soil needs help with fertility, we will be there to help you achieve a mineral dense and nutrient rich crop with a substantial increase in yield. Listed below are the six program levels:

Level I: Premium I Program
Level I is designed for the “everyday farmer”. You will receive on the farm visits, soil/tissue samples and a year to year plan. We will detail what could or should be done to improve or maintain your fertility. This level is focused upon small grains and feeds.

Level II: Premium II Program
Level II is closely comparative to our Premium I Program while promoting optimum presentation of food grade products for human consumption. We have aligned this program to help buyers of your crop get the quality they need to continue to meet the needs of their customers.

The last four levels are to be used after signing on to one of the first two programs.
Level III: Headland Correction
A modified restoration plan for your soils that are in-between states of being productive and dead.

Level IV: Soil Restoration
This level is to help rebuild soils that have been damaged over time. This will take anywhere from three to five years.

Level V: Premium Fertility System
This option will help solve various yield, quality, weed and pest issues.

Level VI Premium Fertilizer
Fertilizer only – No recommendations or consultation. The client is responsible for knowing the compatibility with existing products and equipment.

All Programs are available for Conventional and Organic Farmers. Call or email us for more information.
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Soil Management

Soil Management

The goal of quality soil management is to meet essential plant needs. Plants need water, nutrients, carbon, and oxygen. All of our actions managing soils will affect these components, which is why we emphasis soil testing. Under applying nutrients retards plant growth and will reduce your production. Over application of nutrients is not only expensive, it’s also an environmental hazard. This holds true for organic nutrient sources as well as synthetic fertilizers. Using organic sources such as compost and manure does not mean that you should apply as much as is readily available.

Soil testing enables you to know the makeup of your soil and helps you determine how much fertilizer you need to apply. At Pedogenesis we can assist you with your soil sample needs. After meeting with you, we will take a soil sample to best determine your needs. We use the Farm Logic program to map out your fields and set GPS coordinates for each sample taken. Setting these coordinates will give him the opportunity to test the same spot after amendments are made to see how your soil has improved in the exact same spot.

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What does Pedogenesis Offer?

What does Pedogenesis Offer?

At Pedogenesis, we focus on three key areas that are relative to the ultimate production of nutrient dense food and feed:

  1. Consulting/Soil Service: The starting point is assessing the needs of the soil using a thorough soil audit. We assess the needs (as outlined by the Albrecht System) and examine the options relative to specific objectives. After the uniqueness of the operation is pulled into the formula, options are explored to find the best fit for your needs.
  2. Product Resourcing: There are many alternative products that can be very effective for specific needs, but they are simply not at local supply houses. We will find the best options and negotiate a price that is fair and of good value.
  3. Education and Training: We encourage learning; our best clients are the ones who are continual learners. We provide information for farmers to be fully informed. Each time we meet, there is an opportunity to help farmers move closer to their personal objectives. With our books, DVD’s, internet information, and speakers, we strive to be in the know and to be a facilitator to the latest and best information possible.

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Meet David W. Nelson

Meet David W. Nelson

David W. Nelson (founder of Pedogenesis, Inc) is an ‘Organic and Non-GMO Crop Advisor’ in the truest sense of the word. With a college background in the agriculture and forestry fields, and personal farm experience, David has seen both sides of the fence and offers a wealth of information.

In 1988, David and his wife Vickie, started a landscape fertilizer service specializing in chemical and pesticide free fertilization in Colorado. During this time, David began working with Neal Kinsey following the Albrecht model of soil fertility. In this arena, it was easy to see the effects of products and systems. The Albrecht System, when followed as initially instructed, simply works with amazing consistency! Since moving back to Minnesota, David’s expertise has put him in high demand with growers who want to find a system that works with the natural processes and not against them.

David continues working with Neal Kinsey to preserve and teach the Albrecht model. He has a vast vendor base and many relationships in which he utilizes to stay on top of the latest findings and product developments.

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Words from David

Words from David

Healthy soil is a living dynamic Substance! Soil is sand, silt, clay, air, water, minerals and organic matter crawling with earthworms, moles, grubs, centipedes, millipedes, snails, slugs, beetles, ants, fungi, insect larvae, bacteria, mushrooms and many other organisms. The “liveliest” soils are the best soils. Moles, shrews, mice, are some of the larger mammals along with millions of insects which spend at least part of their life cycles in the soil. Earthworms, sowbugs, mites, centipedes, millipedes and spiders also live in the soil. In addition, there are many organisms living in the soil that are so small that they cannot be seen without a microscope.

All of the organisms that live in the soil are such an important part of the continuous, natural process of decomposing organic materials and preparing the soil for future plant growth that we cannot talk about soil without including all of the living things. When organisms consume food, they create more of their own biomass and they release waste. The most important waste for crops growth is ammonium.

Of all the countless billions of organisms that live in an acre of soil, earthworms are perhaps the most significant group of larger organisms. Earthworms can range in number from a few hundred to more than a million per acre. They digest organic matter, recycle nutrients and can make the surface soil richer. Earthworm tunnels can have a positive impact by creating “macro-pores” to aid the movement of water through the soil. They also help incorporate organic matter into the mineral soil to make more nutrients available to plants.

So the big question is: Do your soils exhibit healthy activity that will greatly benefit your crops?
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Healthy Soil Equals Healthy People

Healthy Soil Equals Healthy People

You probably don’t give much thought to the soil in which your food grows.  If you care about the nutritional value of your tomatoes, potatoes and peas — and, more generally, if you care about your health — that dirt probably deserves a good deal more consideration than it’s currently getting.

New studies are confirming what soil-savvy farmers have suspected for years: The nutrient levels in food are directly linked to the nutrient levels in soil.  Today, nearly 95 percent of American farmland is conventionally farmed.  Conventional farmers are leaning heavily on chemical fertilizers, specifically three major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) that encourage growth, but can simultaneously downgrade the crop’s nutrient potential.

“The problem is that farmers are paid for quantity, not quality,” says Charles Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center, Boulder, Colorado.  This arrangement produces a dangerous cycle: farmers use excess nitrogen to make crops grow faster and larger, but this also increases the plant’s’ vulnerability to pests and disease. Weaker plants require the use of more chemicals, which in turn leach even more nutrients from the soil.

It’s not just the soil and plants that suffer losses. We suffer, too — both because our bodies are getting less nutrition and because this provokes yet another vicious cycle: “When your body doesn’t get the right nutrition, it just keeps asking for more food,” says Ingham.  The key, says Benbrook, is to think about farming as a biological process instead of a “chemical-management process.”

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