October 2017 Issue PDF

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The Acres U.S.A. October 2017 issue; Vol. 47, No. 10; contains the following:


Five Core Principles for Soil Restoration
by Dr. Christine Jones
Everyone benefits when soils are a net carbon sink. Soil ecologist Dr. Christine Jones shares five farming management tools to boost soil carbon sequestration on your land.

Getting Nutrients into Your Crops
by Leilani Zimmer Durand
When you boil it down to its most basic elements, yield comes from sunshine, water, air and minerals. Minerals are an essential piece of yield, but where these minerals come from can vary.

Carbon Farming for the Future
by Andrew French
Wisconsin pig farmer Andrew French discusses his silvopasturing system as part of carbon farming solutions.

Milkweed as Cash Crop?
by Francesca Camillo
Milkweed is entering a renaissance of sorts. Its known uses have expanded, and producer-research teams are exploring how to grow, harvest and process milkweed on a commercial scale.

Innovations on the Organic Farm
by Tracy Frisch
Farmer Lou Lego overcomes farming challenges with creative solutions, including a hybrid mulching system, combining plasticulture and cover cropping, and a modified high tunnel that prevents downy mildew.

Interview: Dr. Nasha Winters
Cancer Fightning Back
Naturopath, researcher and author Dr. Nasha Winters tackles illness from a holistic, metabolic approach.



View from the Country

Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Seed Matters
Mark Keating asserts that the National Organic Standards Board Crops Subcommittee proposal on organic seed may significantly restrict seed and planting stock choices for organic crop farmers.

The Harvest Table: Settling in for Winter
Oregon farmer and foodie Mark Sturges helps you make the most of your bountiful harvest by preparing for the colder months to come.

Stock & Flock: Mob Grazing Sheep
Thinking about mob grazing sheep? Nathan Griffith, editor of Sheep! magazine, discusses the pros, cons and profitability of making the move.

Small-Scale Success: Water Management Strategies
Ross Mars points out that too many people still view water as a plumbing problem and not the asset it really is. He presents strategies used to harvest and store water in a rural landscape.

Reviews & Recommendations
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