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Episode 101: Making the Most of Water Variability with Joel Grosbach

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

Release Date: 01/25/2024

Podcast Short #6: Key Qualities You Need in an Agronomist with David Miller show art Podcast Short #6: Key Qualities You Need in an Agronomist with David Miller

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

In this episode, John speaks with his friend and colleague, David Miller, Director of Applied Agronomyat Advancing Eco Agriculture. Together, they discuss the essential knowledge and skills required to excel as an agronomist, especially within the regenerative agriculture space. David shares insights from his 15-year journey in agronomy, emphasizing the importance of big-picture thinking and a deep understanding of both plant physiology and soil biology. He talks about the balance between maintaining a high-level overview of agricultural systems while calling upon detailed, crop-specific...

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Episode 124: Understanding the Complexities of Fruit Trees with Dr. Ted DeJong show art Episode 124: Understanding the Complexities of Fruit Trees with Dr. Ted DeJong

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

Dr. Ted DeJong is a professor at the University of California where he has dedicated approximately 40 years to researching and teaching about stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines. His primary focus has been understanding the physiology of fruit trees, driven by his desire to probe into how plants function at a fundamental level. One of DeJong's significant contributions is his effort to simplify and clarify the complexities of fruit tree physiology. He’s observed that existing textbooks often describe the functions of trees in great detail but fail to explain how these...

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Podcast Short #5: Benefits of Mid-Season Foliar Applications show art Podcast Short #5: Benefits of Mid-Season Foliar Applications

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

In this episode, John delves into the critical role of mid-season foliar applications in boosting crop health and productivity. He talks about how timely and strategic foliar feeding can address nutrient deficiencies, enhance disease resistance, and improve overall plant vigor, leading to a more successful harvest. Key topics discussed: Understanding the optimal mid-season window for applying foliar nutrients to maximize benefits Identifying common mid-season nutrient deficiencies Exploring how foliar applications can bolster plant immunity and reduce the impact of diseases ...

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Podcast Extra: Ask Me Anything with John Kempf show art Podcast Extra: Ask Me Anything with John Kempf

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

In this Ask Me Anything webinar from June, John answers pressing questions from the audience and shares his extensive research and firsthand experience to help farmers achieve healthier, more resilient crops. Discussion points include: Combating disease and pest pressure on a variety of crops Foliar application and management Nitrogen management Cover crops Sap analysis And much more Listen in to gain valuable insights and practical solutions from one of the leading experts in the field. Additional Resources: To watch more webinars from Advancing Eco Agriculture, please visit our YouTube...

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Podcast Short #4: Plant Sap Analysis Management show art Podcast Short #4: Plant Sap Analysis Management

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In this episode, John speaks with Ethan Darling, an agronomist with Advancing Eco Agriculture, who has extensive experience with sap analysis. They discuss the challenges of timely sample collection and shipping. Ethan shares his background and how his innovative techniques have streamlined the process for the AEA team in the Pacific Northwest. Ethan explains his journey from working in an agroecology lab to managing sap analysis processes at scale in Washington’s Yakima Valley. He details his initial methods of collecting, processing, and analyzing sap samples – Ethan has worked with up...

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Episode 123: Breaking Traditions in Dry Climates with Keith Morter show art Episode 123: Breaking Traditions in Dry Climates with Keith Morter

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Keith Morter, a dryland wheat farmer from Oregon, transitioned to regenerative agriculture management practices. Keith initially used standard, conventional methods like plowing and extensive chemical applications on his operation. Dissatisfied with the results, Keith shifted to direct seeding and eventually embraced regenerative practices. By drastically reducing nitrogen use and implementing holistic management techniques, Keith observed significant improvements in soil health, crop resilience, and pest resistance.  Despite challenges like low rainfall and high summer temperatures, his...

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Podcast Short #3: Unveiling Plant Consciousness and Intelligence show art Podcast Short #3: Unveiling Plant Consciousness and Intelligence

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In this Podcast Short, John delves into the topic of plant consciousness and intelligence. John talks about how plants are not just passive organisms, but possess significant cognitive abilities and responsiveness. Drawing inspiration from Stephen Herrod Buhner’s works, particularly "The Lost Language of Plants," John discusses how plants demonstrate informed decision-making capabilities and can react to human intentions. John also cites additional scientific findings that assert plants have sophisticated neural networks contained within their root systems, similar to human neural...

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Episode 122: Exploring Tillage, Aggregation, and Biological Innovation with Rick Clark show art Episode 122: Exploring Tillage, Aggregation, and Biological Innovation with Rick Clark

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Rick Clark, a fifth-generation farmer from Williamsport, Indiana, is dedicated to enhancing soil health and achieving harmony with nature on his farm. He has pioneered a systematic approach to regenerative farming, proudly maintaining certification for all acres as organic through his regenerative stewardship with no tillage. Rick's practices focus on suppressing weeds, building soil health with cover crops, and prioritizing human health through organic, no-till farming methods. His goal is to establish a sustainable and profitable farming system that will endure for generations. Recently Rick...

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Podcast Short #2 - Pool Parties and the Soil Microbiome show art Podcast Short #2 - Pool Parties and the Soil Microbiome

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In this Short, John likens throwing a pool party to building soil microbial populations. Just like a successful pool party needs the right environment with food, drinks, and a crowd, building a healthy soil ecosystem requires appropriate soil conditions, nutrients, and a diverse microbial community. John emphasizes the importance of "keystone species" which are essential microbial species that attract and support a larger community, similar to inviting a few socially connected individuals to a party to attract more guests. He also highlights the role of plants in introducing a wide variety of...

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Short #1 - MacroPak and the Importance of Calcium show art Short #1 - MacroPak and the Importance of Calcium

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In addition to the regular episodes of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf is happy to introduce a new short format version of his popular podcast that allows him to touch on even more topics relating to regenerative agriculture. In this inaugural short episode, John shares insights into the negative impacts of nitrate-heavy fertilization on disease susceptibility and soil biology. He also emphasizes the importance of balancing calcium with other nutrients to optimize plant health and productivity. John also talks in-depth about Advancing Eco Agriculture’s new product,...

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Joel Grosbach is a fifth-generation farmer and AEA customer growing dryland and irrigated crops in Southwest Nebraska. Since his area only receives seven inches of average annual rainfall, incorporating regenerative practices such as cover crops, crop rotation, animal grazing, and minimal tillage are critical for water management. Joel grows a variety of crops, including popcorn and dry edible beans, and grows for his neighbor, who owns a seed production business.  

In this episode, John and Joel discuss:

  • Regenerating local ecosystem rainfall

  • Structuring his farm only to use 7” of irrigation each season 

  • Choosing crops based on water needs

  • Importance of cover crops and crop residue

  • Reducing inputs and eliminating fungicides

  • Mindset shifts that occur when transitioning to regenerative agriculture

About John Kempf
John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA). A top expert in biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who grow it.

Through intense study and the knowledge gleaned from many industry leaders, John is building a comprehensive systems-based approach to plant nutrition – a system solidly based on the sciences of plant physiology, mineral nutrition, and soil microbiology.

Support For This Show & Helping You Grow
Since 2006, AEA has been on a mission to help growers become more resilient, efficient, and profitable with regenerative agriculture. 

AEA works directly with growers to apply its unique line of liquid mineral crop nutrition products and biological inoculants. Informed by cutting-edge plant and soil data-gathering techniques, AEA’s science-based programs empower farm operations to meet the crop quality markers that matter the most.

AEA has created real and lasting change on millions of acres with its products and data-driven services by working hand-in-hand with growers to produce healthier soil, stronger crops, and higher profits.

Beyond working on the ground with growers, AEA leads in regenerative agriculture media and education, producing and distributing the popular and highly-regarded Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, inspiring webinars, and other educational content that serve as go-to resources for growers worldwide.

Learn more about AEA’s regenerative programs and products: https://www.advancingecoag.com

VIDEO: To learn more from John Kempf about regenerative agriculture, watch this conversation between John and three AEA grower partners about how regenerative agriculture is changing lives and conventional farming: https://youtu.be/n9U6GwbYPDk