601 Meet me this winter
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
1M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | It’s conference season so I’m hoping to meet a bunch of you at in person and online events this winter. I’ll be listing off all the places I’ll be later on in the episode. I’ll also be talking about the new WhatsApp channel that I have created, a new Speaking, Teaching, & Workshop Design service plus, for those that go to the site posting or watch the video, you’ll see a sneak peak of my new book cover: Practical Regeneration: Realistic Strategies for Climate Smart Agriculture. I’ll have all of this plus content summaries and information about the services that I offer ..read more
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543 Precision Agronomy: Lessons from a semester of teaching
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
2M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | In several episodes of this podcast, I've shared my experiences teaching Precision Agriculture to diploma and degree students at Lethbridge College. Teaching is a reciprocal process, and through it, I've gained valuable insights into the future of agriculture and the evolving landscape of agronomy in the upcoming years and decades. Join me in this final episode of the season as we delve into the key takeaways from the past semester. Welcome to Plants Dig Soil, a podcast about #RealisticRegenAg. I’m your host, Scott Gillespie, and I’m an agronomist from the western Canadian ..read more
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542 Seager Wheeler
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
2M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | A chance discovery in a used bookstore in Winnipeg introduced me to Seager Wheeler. He shared similarities with many settlers who arrived in the Canadian Prairies during the late 19th century, but he stood out above others as Western Canada’s Wheat King, gaining international recognition. What set him apart even more was the fact that he documented his experiences in a book. I stumbled upon a copy of "Profitable Grain Growing," dating back to the first printing in 1919. Join me in this episode as I delve into his life, his methods, and how you can access the entire book onl ..read more
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541 From EEFs to Organic Challenges: This Month in Regenerative Ag
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
2M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | You've heard me mention that enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet they seldom boost yields. But what if we adjusted their usage rates? This approach might make them more economically viable for farmers and more beneficial for the planet. In other news, I'll explore how long-term crop rotations benefit cash crops, the cost-benefit analysis of cover crop rotations, and a contentious issue in organic farming: Should organic growers facing unsolvable problems be permitted to temporarily revert to conventional methods to resolve these i ..read more
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540 End of Season Wrap
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
3M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | You may have wondered where I got to? Or perhaps you didn’t notice I missed the November email. I was just getting ready to work on the email when I got sick. It seems to be a cold going around the area. It set me back for a few weeks which also set my teaching and client work back. I decided rather than rush a newsletter out I’d just skip November and go with December. Welcome to Plants Dig Soil, a podcast about #RealisticRegenAg. I’m your host, Scott Gillespie, and I’m an agronomist from the western Canadian prairies specializing in climate-smart agriculture. I discuss sc ..read more
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I got sick
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
3M ago
I’ll be back again in a week or so. See you then --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scottcgillespie/message ..read more
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539 N2O emissions, disease control with composts, and using tillage responsibly
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
4M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | In this month's regenerative agriculture news, I have six stories. I'll start with some new research that shows that cover crops may not be a net benefit to the nitrogen loss equation. While they can prevent leaching, they may contribute more to nitrous oxide emissions. On the topic of nitrous oxide emissions, work in the Prairies is continuing to show that inhibitors work to reduce emissions. However, the yield impacts for producers are not worth the cost of using them. On the disease front, promising work shows how a specific combination of compost inputs may tackle one o ..read more
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536 Research and Innovation
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
5M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | This week’s episode is an audio and video version of my monthly newsletter. If you want to receive it to your email or to LinkedIn, check out the links in the episode description. If you’ve got behind on listening to episodes, I’ll be summarizing the past month’s work of episodes. Welcome to Plants Dig Soil, a podcast about #RealisticRegenAg. I’m your host, Scott Gillespie, and I’m an agronomist from the western Canadian prairies specializing in climate-smart agriculture. I discuss scientifically proven practices that benefit the planet and, just as importantly, farmers' ec ..read more
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535 Roots, Microbes, and Farmer Innovations
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
5M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | In this month’s roundup of regenerative agriculture news, I'll begin with a story about new research that delves deep into root architecture. The researchers conducted studies on intact samples of both single species and diverse mixtures of cover crops to understand how root systems behave in their natural environment. Next, I'll discuss an article that explores the challenges of bringing microbial inoculants to the field. While these inoculants may work well in the lab, they often fail to deliver results in real-world agricultural settings. However, one team is making prog ..read more
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534 Making Drip Irrigation Work
Plants Dig Soil™
by Scott Gillespie
5M ago
#RealisticRegenAg | Drip irrigation holds great promise as the most efficient method for delivering water to plants with minimal losses. Unlike traditional sprinkler systems that can be affected by wind and heat, drip irrigation offers a precise way to water plants. However, one of its main challenges lies in the amount of infrastructure required for its implementation. In this episode, I'll share my insights into maximizing the effectiveness of drip irrigation, exploring innovative approaches and local research that could potentially revolutionize its use, especially as we face dwindling wate ..read more
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