New Podcasts for Farmers about Soil Organic Matter

Ray R Weil, Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland;

My (now former) graduate student Natalie Lounsbury and I just completed a SARE grant to make a series of podcasts with the idea that this might be a good medium to reach farmers so they can learn while they are driving their pickups or combines. We have tried to keep the episodes short and sweet, covering the basics while also delving into some pretty cutting edge science – some of which has changed our understanding of organic matter quite a bit in the past decade!

The first four episodes are all about soil organic matter which is at the core of soil health.

Episode 1: What does organic matter do for your soil?

Episode 2: Where does soil organic matter come from?

Episode 3: What is soil organic matter, really?

Episode 4: How does soil organic matter stick around?

You can listen to all four episodes here:

You can also get the full transcripts if you’re so inclined.

If you do listen, please take a minute to give Natalie some feedback (password “soil”)! We got a grant to make these, so it’s really important for us to know if you find them useful (or not).

Happy listening!