Oct 6, 2020
Rick Haney is a renowned
researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the creator of
the Haney Soil Analysis, an innovative extraction procedure to
assess overall soil health and plant mineral availability. Today,
John sits down with Rick to hear his story and discuss a future of
agriculture centered around agronomic realities and biological
Throughout the episode, John and
Rick cover a wide array of topics:
journey Rick took to discover an improved system for analyzing soil
health, eventually leading to the development of his namesake soil
Rick’s work and an emphasis on data can help growers save an
average of $20 per acre in nitrogen applications.
- Over-fertilization and what soil respiration
says about the fertility of a field.
- Rick’s battle with calibrations and the
industry’s collective leaps in agronomic understanding since the
work of Dr. Richard Mulvaney, namely the Illinois Soil Test, and
how it compares to Haney’s soil nitrogen report.
shortcomings of mainstream agronomic research and the power of
“listening to nature.”
importance of using water and biological activity as the gauge of
soil mineral release rather than acids and extractants to judge
soil mineral content.
many growers are routinely able to reduce Nitrogen and Phosphorus
importance of looking at real yields rather than soil test data as
the sign of a well-functioning fertility program.
power of embracing new developments in ag research and the
future of in-field sensors.