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It's Time for a Watershed Moment in Nutrient Efficiency

It's Time for a Watershed Moment in Nutrient Efficiency

Groundswell, a six-part podcast series, shares how sustainability and profitability are achievable together through nutrient efficiency

Harvest provides a lot of drive time to consider what worked well, where to be more efficient and how to improve profitability, year over year. The numbers on a yield monitor pay off new inputs, hybrids and equipment, so without profit potential, it’s hard to see the return of trying something new.

Through a series of six episodes, the Groundswell podcast unearths the impact of continuous improvement, nutrient efficiency and sustainable practices on every acre. Experts in the field share how implementing and trialing a new technology or exploring a new tool can add up to a more efficient – and profitable – operation.

Tune in from the field on SoundCloud, iTunes and Google Play.

Episode One

Interview Highlights: Bob Nutt, crop production manager at Ottawa Coop; Dave Schwartz, certified crop adviser, VP of sales with Verdesian Life Sciences and business council member of the Iowa Agricultural Water Alliance; Lara Moody, senior director of stewardship and sustainability programs at The Fertilizer Institute

Episode Two

Interview HighlightsKatie Sawyer, farmer at Sawyer Land and Cattle; Jess Trotter, Trotter Fertilizer; Michael Berry, marketing manager at Winfield United; Nick Goeser, director of soil health and sustainability at the Soil Health Partnership; Nigel Grech, farmer and EVP at Verdesian Life Sciences

Episode Three

Interview Highlights: Jim Gulliford, executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society; Tim Mundorf, precision ag specialist and field representative with Midwest Laboratories; Ben Hushon, certified crop adviser and partner at The Mill; Tom Bruulsema, Ph.D., agronomic scientist and phosphorus program director for the International Plant Nutrition Institute 

Episode Four

Interview HighlightsBrad Ruden, director of Agronomy Tech Services for South Dakota Wheat Growers; Dr. Michael Udvardi, chief scientific officers at the Noble Research Institute; Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, nutrient strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy's North America Agriculture Program; Todd Carpenter, technical service manager for Verdesian Life Sciences 

Episode Five

Interview HighlightsMitchell Hora, owner and agronomist at Continuum Ag LLC; Allison Thompson, science and research director for Field to Market; Jeffrey Kleypas, district sales manager with TORO Micro-Irrigation; Karen Chapman, manager for the Environmental Defense Fund's agricultural sustainability team

Episode Six

Interview Highlights: Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture; Amy Wu, agriculture reporter for The Salinas Californian; Scott Henry, business development manager and farmer at LongView Farms

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