Talking Smart Soil

The Land Stewardship Project has produced a series of podcasts featuring the voices of farmers, researchers and conservationists who are on the cutting edge of building healthy soil. Check out all of our Ear to the Ground podcasts here.

Episode 259: In his ongoing attempt to create a regenerative, soil-healthy farm, Kaleb Anderson is pushing a plant science breakthrough further using rotational grazing.

Episode 257: Tillage can do a lot of things, but building soil isn't one of them. Soil expert Steve Lawler and Minnesota farmer Jon Jovaag talk about the importance of using nature as a guide when preparing a seed bed and bolstering the soil's structure.

Episode 256: Soil health cheerleader Ray Archuleta and Iowa farmer Mervin Beachy talk about taking agroecological innovations from the "excitement stage" to the "action stage"...and the importance of aha moments.

Episode 255: What happened when beginning farmers Rachelle and Jordan Meyer started listening to the land and turned livestock loose on a "bacterial farm."

Episode 254: Farmer Tom Frantzen talks about hybrid rye, ecological resiliency, and why being uncomfortable isn't always a bad thing.

Episode 250: When Mark Erickson's combine got stuck in the muck, he knew he needed to unearth a different relationship with the land.

Episode 247: Hannah Bernhardt and Jason Misik couldn't afford prime farmland brimming with infrastructure. But sweat equity and soil health are helping them transform a marginal piece of ground far from Corn Country.

Episode 246: Beginning farmer Zach Knutson talks to Alex Romano about how rotational grazing allows him to manage land, time, and finances more efficiently.

Episode 239: Blue Dasher Farm's Jonathan Lundgren talks about bugs, biodiversity and, of course, cow pies.

Episode 236: How farmers Dawn and Grant Breitkreutz are building soil carbon and bolstering profitability.

Episode 234: How the Tallgrass Prairie Center is helping farmers introduce a little wild perenniality into a domesticated working landscape.

Episode 232: Landowner Jeannie Hill describes how she did her soil health homework before having a difficult conversation with a renter.

Episode 231: Farmer and caver Martin Larsen describes the connections between land use on the surface and water quality problems he sees underground.

Episode 230: Robin Moore talks about how LSP is using soil health to forge stewardship partnerships between non-operating landowners and the farmers who rent from them.

Episode 229: A farmer and a researcher discuss the agronomic, economic, and ecological benefits of the world's first commercially-viable perennial grain.

Episode 222: Renter Mark Erickson shows landowners the widespread benefits of converting cropland to pasture.

Episode 221: Farmer Bob Mierau describes how his drive to do "no-till organic" depends on boosting and supporting his soil's bug life.

Episode 220: Farmers Kent Solberg and Jim Wulf talk about the economic and ecological advantages of integrating crops and livestock.

Episode 212: Think the only path to profitability is through maximum productivity? Top dairy graziers are proving otherwise.

Episode 208: Ray Archuleta makes a passionate pitch for treating soil like a living, breathing part of the ecosystem.

Episode 207: How a visiting student's critique set the Jon Luhman farm on a path toward profitably integrating crops, pasture and livestock.

Episode 206: John Meyer's drive to plant cover crops takes him out onto the snow and into new soil health territory.

Episode 205: Iowa farmer Loran Steinlage describes the benefits of converting a monocropped desert to a "jungle mix" of continuous living cover.

Episode 201: Kaleb Anderson's evolving view of livestock allows him to make a direct connection between profitability and soil health.

Episode 197: A row-cropped field is converted back to prairie by Jessica and Shane Blair, benefiting the environment and livestock.

Episode 196: Farmer Rory Beyer and soil health expert Justin Morris talk about how livestock, cover crops and pastures are the “rock stars” of building soil health.

Episode 195: Farmer Tom Frantzen describes how he is using diversity to make his farm more resilient in the face of extreme weather.

Episode 192: Dairy farmer Olaf Haugen finds more microbes in the soil means more money in the bank.

Episode 191: LSP’s George Boody describes what he learned at an international conference on how agriculture can sequester greenhouse gases.

Episode 190: Dr. Kristine Nichols describes how we can build agronomic, economic and environmental resiliency in our agricultural soils.

Episode 189: South Dakota farmer Rick Bieber describes how building soil health saved his farm from financial ruin.

Episode 187: Allen Williams on soil health, livestock and “compounding, cascading effects.”

Episode 183: Seeing is believing: soil conservationist Jeff Duchene describes how a rain simulator shows the value of continuous living cover on farm fields.

Episode 177: Iowa farmer Jack Boyer and Practical Farmers of Iowa researcher Sarah Carlson talk about making cover crops pay.

Episode 175: Indiana farmer Gordon Smiley describes his experience with cover cropping and how it fits into a bigger goal of improving his land’s soil health.

Episode 154: NRCS soil health evangelist Ray Archuleta shares his passion for “farming in nature’s image.”

Episode 128: Government conservationist Doug Miller talks about treating soil as a complete ecosystem.

Episode 121: How farmers, scientists and conservationists in North Dakota have teamed up to revolutionize the relationship between ag and soil health.

Episode 50: Art Thicke talks about how building healthy soil on his dairy operation has increased the resiliency of his land as well as the farm's bottom line.