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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Feb 21, 2020

In North America, standards for soil health and fertility in organic systems are regulated at the federal level. But for those transitioning to organic farming, it can be difficult to know how to meet those standards without access to the same toolkit they used while practicing conventional farming. Join us and moderator Chris Boomsma in this last installment of our four part series on transitioning to organic farming, where we discuss tips and trends to organically manage soil health, fertility, and biology, as well as some closing thoughts from series moderator Dr. Erin Silva.

Tune in to learn more about:

  • What are the current regional and national trends in organic farming
  • How manure and cover crops can be used in nutrient cycling in organic systems
  • What the current literature has to say about organic management of key nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus
  • Why soil biology and soil health is crucial to organic systems

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