Other Resources

Here are some great links to other websites and videos that will provide you with information to explore concepts and ideas about soil health, plants, the environment and how it all connects.

Video links

John Warner TED Talk- Intellectual Ecology, Green Chemistry, Bioneers- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL1zbAJIaDI

Carbon Nation - a climate change solutions movie (that doesn’t even care if you don’t believe in climate change) http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/

Eavesdropping on plants: Jack Schultz at TEDxMU- Dr. Jack Schultz has been watching insects eat plants for four decades. He discovered that plants complain about being eaten and call for help. There is a "conversation" going on all around us; plants are "talking" to other plants, to microbes, and to insects. He thinks that if we can learn to listen, we can interrogate plants about their experiences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTQVLfG3sgM

The Botany of Desire- a free PBS documentary on the evolutionary relationship between humans and plants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIChx00z7aw

What Plants Talk About -When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like "behavior" with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7MOe5clOtI

Symphony of the Soil-is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/ 

Edward Norton is the Soil- is a short film put together by the Conservation International Presents a series called “Nature is Speaking.” These films about how human beings are part of nature, however nature is not dependent on human being to exist.  Human beings are totally dependent on nature. http://natureisspeaking.org/thesoil.html 

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world- this is a Ted talk from 2008 that highlights mushrooms and their role in cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and flu viruses. This is presented by Paul Stamets who is one of the world’s leading mycologist. http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world?language=en

3-D printed soil reveals the world beneath our feet-  this is a great video/article about what some soil scientist at Abertay University are using 3-D printing technology to find out, exactly what is going on in the world beneath our feet.  http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/01/3-d-printed-soil-reveals-world-beneath-our-feet?et_cid=3733746&et_rid=54725895&location=top

Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change- this is a TED talk from 2013 explaining why two-thirds of the world’s grassland is turning in to desert and how it is accelerating climate change.

http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change

No Till On The Plains- “How do you define a healthy soil” This a great video that talks about what aspects define soil health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIwjepz3eaY&feature=youtu.be

 

Website links

Datu Releases New Report: Adoption of Conservation Agriculture: Economic Incentives in the Iowa Corn Value Chain This report address conservation agriculture can create far-reaching environmental and economic benefits, yet farmers may need help bearing the short-term risks and costs. http://www.daturesearch.com/wp-content/uploads/Datu_Iowa-Conservation-Agriculture_FINAL.pdf

The Soil Renaissance: Knowledge to sustain earths’ most valuable asset Farm Foundation, NFP and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation initiated the Soil Renaissance to advance soil health and make soil health the cornerstone of land use management decisions. The Soil Renaissance focuses on the role of soil health in vibrant, profitable and sustainable natural resource systems, as well as the critical importance of soil and soil health in meeting the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. http://soilrenaissance.org/about-soil-renaissance/

Soil Fertility Recommendations for Corn – North Dakota Extension Services -July 2014 Corn has been a crop in North Dakota for at least 100 years. Fertilizer recommendations for corn used until recently were published about 40 years ago and have been changed little since then. The changes from previous corn fertility recommendations in this publication are the results of recent assessments of corn yield responses to nitrogen (N) field experiments using modern hybrids and conditions. http://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/soils/pdfs/cornsf722.pdf

Soybean Innovation Lab- This video is a great demonstration of how to take agricultural technology like fertilizer, inoculant and supplying proper seed to small rural farmers in Africa and what a huge impact it can have on improving crop production by educating people without trying to change their culture. http://soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu/how-can-we-overcome-low-soybean-yield-africa

Soil Health Institute will be a good resource for soil health information and research. Its outcomes will yield healthy, sustainable soils to serve as the foundation for society, benefit the environment and contribute to the productivity and profitability of agriculture. http://soilhealthinstitute.org/

 

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