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From the 2022 NACD Annual Meeting.

Soil health management systems provide many benefits to producers, but there has always been a need for more data and testimonials to showcase just how big those benefits are. To address this need, NACD and the Soil Health Institute (SHI), through a cooperative agreement with NRCS, have been developing 30 case studies on the economic benefits of soil health management systems. In this session, NACD and SHI representatives will discuss the project’s methods, as well as some preliminary finds. One project participant, NACD Soil Health Champion Rodney Rulon from Arcadia, Ind., will talk about his soil health management journey.

From the 2022 NACD Annual Meeting.

Soil health management systems provide many benefits to producers, but there has always been a need for more data and testimonials to showcase just how big those benefits are. To address this need, NACD and the Soil Health Institute (SHI), through a cooperative agreement with NRCS, have been developing 30 case studies on the economic benefits of soil health management systems. In this session, NACD and SHI representatives will discuss the project’s methods, as well as some preliminary finds. One project participant, NACD Soil Health Champion Rodney Rulon from Arcadia, Ind., will talk about his soil health management journey.

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Breakout Session Presentation: Showcasing the Benefits of Soil Health Practices Through Case Studies.pptx

  1. 1. NACD SOIL HEALTH CASE STUDY 2022 NACD Conference February 15, 2021 Rodney Rulon Rulon Enterprises LLC
  2. 2. Our Cropping System: PRODUCTIVE & SUSTAINABLE -5th Generation family farm -North Central Indiana -Continuous No-Till since 1989 -7200 acres Corn/Soybean Rotation -20 years cover crops -1 acre grid management w/ full VRT Conservation is the best economic model We are accountable for what leaves our farm We are a Legacy Farm Rulon Enterprises LLC
  3. 3. Healthy Soil is a System  No-Till (infiltration/OM/cover/biology)  Drainage (Managing Air/Water)  Soil Balance (Proper Chemistry-Structure)  Precision Farming – As a Conservation Tool  Cover Crops (rooting/temp/OM/feed biology)  Soil Carbon - Manage Long Term  Integrated Pest Management (IPM)  Buffers, Waterways, Wetlands  On Farm Testing - Economic Tracking
  4. 4. Steps To Manage Soil Quality:  #1 Continuous No-Till – not rotational  Eliminate catastrophic tillage events  Allow soil to build structure and biology  NO Erosion, NO Bare Soil, STOP leaching of nutrients, Manage Infiltration  Stop Soil Degredation/Increase Soil Carbon Build a SOIL HEALTH SYSTEM
  5. 5. Step #2 Drainage (Air/Water Management)  Drainage is Foundational to No-till and Soil Health
  6. 6. Step #3 Manage Fertility:  1 Acre grid Sampling/Fertility  VRT N,P,K, Litter, Lime, Gypsum etc  Balanced Soil is More Stable
  7. 7. Step #4 Cover Crops  Manage for long term Soil Health/Build OM - FAST
  8. 8. BUILDING SOIL HEALTH REQUIRES CARBON CAPTURE
  9. 9. 9 PLANTING CORN INTO GREEN RAPESEED+CLOVER PLANTING SOYBEANS INTO GREEN CEREAL RYE CAN WE INCREASE SOIL CARBON?
  10. 10. PROVEN CARBON CAPTURE SOIL OM% YEAR 1 SOIL OM% YEAR 10
  11. 11. 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240 260 280 300 1.92 1.75 1.85 1.95 2.07 2.27 2.55 2.95 3.49 4.5 Corn Yield 5 yr avg YIELD GOAL LIGHT BROWN SOIL Source: Rulon Enterprises LLC IN CROP PRODUCTION IT’S ALL ABOUT SOIL CARBON CONTENT SOIL %OM CONTENT ON OUR INDIANA FARM BY PERCENTILE 10% OF SOIL DARK BLACK SOIL
  12. 12. Choose the right cover for your goal Compaction removal Ease of management Disease control Nutrient cycling Erosion control Enhance Rotations BUILD SOIL HEALTH
  13. 13. Late Harvest 35# Cereal Rye 25# Oats 2# Radish 2# Rape 3# Balansa Clover Late Harvest 15# Cereal Rye 15# Oats 3# Rape 25# Oats 2# Radish 3# Rape SOYBEANS 22 CORN 22
  14. 14. Dr. Eileen Kladivko Agronomy Department
  15. 15. 2011-2021 CCSI Cover Crop Test Harvest Data Cover Crop +10.75 bu/ac Corn Cover Crop +4.11 bu/ac Soybeans
  16. 16. 22 COVERED SOIL STAYS COOLER – LESS CROP STRESS Source: Purdue University Dr. Eileen Kladivko
  17. 17. 23 COVERED SOIL RETAINS MORE MOISTURE Source: Purdue University Dr. Eileen Kladivko
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  20. 20. NACD Partial Budget Anaylsis Case Study
  21. 21.  You can Manage HEALTH and FERTILITY in your Soil!!  A Soil Health System can increase yield (10 bu Corn/ 4 bu Soybeans)  $$$ Spent to increase Soil Health is a good investment (254% ROI)  Land Owners should be asking to see Soil Health Reports, not just fertilizer tests
  22. 22. Rodney Rulon rodney@rulonenterprises.com www.rulonenterprises.com
  23. 23. 2019 CCSI Plot Harvest Data
  24. 24. 2017 CCSI Plot Harvest Data Final Yield Average: Oats/Radish = 219.32bu/ac Cereal Rye = 205.03 bu/ac Annual Rye = 204.25 bu/ac No Cover = 209.06 bu/ac Cover Crop Yield + 10.26 bu/ac (Oats/Radish Vs No Cover
  25. 25. 2015 CCSI Plot Harvest Data Final Yield Average: Oats/Radish = 177.1 bu/ac Cereal Rye = 176.8 bu/ac Annual Rye = 166.9 bu/ac No Cover = 164.3 bu/ac Cover Crop Yield + 12.8 bu/ac
  26. 26. More Data! (2013) Cover Crop Yield + 7.1 bu/ac Final Yield Corn/Oats+Radish = 190.5 Final Yield Corn/Rye = 187.6 Final Yield Corn/No Cover = 183.4
  27. 27. 2012, 2014, 2016 CCSI Plot Soybean Harvest Data Summary 2012 Annual Rye = +5.3 bu/ac 2014 Oats/Radish = +2.95 bu/ac 2016 Oats/Radish = +7.9 bu/ac Three Year Avg = +5.4 bu/ac Cover Crop Yield + Up To 7.9 bu/ac Over No Cover in Long term test
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