Episode 140. The Haney Soil Test

In this episode, Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, talks with soil specialist Lance Gunderson about the Haney soil test.

They discuss the history of the Haney test, how it’s scored, its effectiveness on both cropland and pasture and range land; the management practices it can suggest, and more.

The conversation is the first of two that Kara and Lance will have concerning soil tests – next week’s podcast will feature Lance’s take on the phospholipid fatty acids (PLFA) test. Be sure to listen to that discussion, as well.

Kara works out of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, and Lance is the founder of Regen Ag Lab in Pleasanton, Nebraska.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Kara directly at karak@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Soils and Compost

Other Resources:

Haney Test Interpretation Guide

Regen Ag Lab website

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The National Center for Appropriate Technology, in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, Montana State University, and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Soil Health Innovations Conference. This national conference will be held at Montana State University on March 30 and 31, 2020.

The 2020 Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country: On-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture’s sustainable future.

For more information and to register go to https://soilinnovations.ncat.org/