Category Archives: Soil

Winter at Bald Butte

Thought you’d like to see this snap of Bald Butte Ranch, taken just this week.  This photo shows the bunkhouse, shop, pumphouse and pastures behind.  Everything is buttoned up! All that snow turns into moisture, which goes into the ground, … Continue reading

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Farmers Protect Natural Resources

No-till or conservation tillage – a way of farming that reduces erosion (aka soil loss) while using less energy – is used on more than twice as many cropland acres compared to conventional tillage.  Advanced conservation practices are used on … Continue reading

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Farmers Take Conservation Seriously

We often hear of environmental groups and even city folks who challenge those who live in rural areas, on ranches or on farms to take better care of their land and natural resources.  What they don’t understand is that the … Continue reading

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Washington’s Fabulous Potatoes

Sure, I live in Idaho, the state of famous potatoes.  But our next door neighbor grows massive amounts of potatoes, too.  In fact, Washington has been declared to have “the world’s most productive potato fields.” About 250 Washington farms produced … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

It all begins with the soil -Wilbur-Ellis, Ideas to Grow With

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Thought of the Week

“Our fields are never bare. When you use a shovel to look at the soil in our fields, it’s like a geological dig. Much of it hasn’t been turned over in 40 years.  It has a thick duff layer to … Continue reading

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What is Biotechnology?

Whew boy, what a question, right?  We here are Kiss My Tractor are not pro-GMO nor are we anti-GMO.  What we are is pro-science.  This post discusses how biotechnology (Genetically Modified Organisms) works. So, with that said… Just What Is … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

“The soil must be treated as a living thing, and when you stop tillage the organisms that produce the nutrient exchange systems that feed our crops return in mass.  The soil once again becomes healthy like it was in the … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

As odd as it may sound, civilization’s survival depends on treating soil as an investment, as a valuable inheritance rather than a commodity – as something other than dirt. Dirt  

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Thought of the Week

Many factors may contribute to ending a civilization, but an adequate supply of fertile soil is necessary to sustain one. Using up or covering over the soil and moving onto new land will not be a viable option for future … Continue reading

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