Category Archives: Soil Health

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    True Cost of Pork

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by in All, Local, Soil Health

    So Many Pigs, So Little Fresh Air. Most farmers make great neighbors. But if your farm includes thousands of pigs confined to buildings, and stinky outdoor anaerobic lagoons to hold all the pig waste, it’s difficult to be neighborly. A jury just delivered a verdict worth more than $50 million to ten plaintiffs who live […]

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  • Reducing Mechanical Tillage

    Posted on April 3, 2018 by in All, Farm Update, Soil Health

    The invention of the plow was a key development in human history. It allowed the mass cultivation of land to grow food. Nevertheless, in hindsight, it was a case of overstepping nature’s guidelines. In all but the most brittle environments, nature covers untilled soil with a living green boimass, that acts like a sponge. Rain […]

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  • Is The Grass Green Enough?

    Posted on February 1, 2018 by in All, Local, Soil Health

    Despite all the talk about cows being a major culprit in our weather woes, cattle, AND thus humans eating beef, can be a force for good in the world. The negatives associated with cattle are a management matter rather than an inherent cow issue. Throughout all of history, milk, meat, hides and other cattle products […]

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  • How The Water Cycle Affects Our Weather

    Posted on December 8, 2017 by in All, Healthy Beef, Soil Health

    We often talk about how through managed rotational grazing Pettit Pastures is improving soil health and the water cycle on our farm. In this article we go into more detail on how improved soil health and a functional water cycle are intertwined. Back in grade school, most of us learned about the water cycle. Rain […]

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    Farm Pollution

    Posted on August 23, 2017 by in All, Farm Update, Healthy Beef, Soil Health

      NOAA scientists are reporting that this summer’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, is the largest ever recorded – 8,776 square miles. That is approximately the size of the state of New Jersey. The dead zone occurs because excessive nutrient pollution (particularly nitrogen and especially phosphorous) […]

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  • Amazon buys Whole Foods

    Posted on July 15, 2017 by in All, Farm Update, Healthy Beef, Local, Soil Health

    In the past, the Pettit Pastures blog has mostly been an update about what has been happening on the farm. Starting with this post, we have decided to change the format a bit. We will still give an abbreviated farm update, but in addition, we will be adding information relevant to the way we farm, […]

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    October Farm Update

    Posted on October 21, 2016 by in All, Farm Update, Soil Health, Uncategorized

    The fall weather has been beautiful and central Minnesota is in its peak of fall colors. The wet fall has our pastures and cattle in excellent condition and ready for the oncoming winter. Pettit Pastures has been rotationally  grazing and winter feeding our cattle on pasture to improve soil health for several years now. Although […]

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    The Grass is Greener

    Posted on August 5, 2014 by in All, Soil Health

    Women’s Health Magazine had an excellent article on many of the benefits of Grass fed beef. This article touched on most of the reason Pettit Pastures chooses to raise Grass fed beef. They discuss the health and safety benefits, the benefits to the animals, and the environmental benefits. They even give some great tips and recipes for […]

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