Two Day Intensive Course

July 21st and 22nd  

West Union Iowa at Loran Steinlage’s farm

The Principles and Science of Developing Regenerative Agriculture Ecosystems

Most soil and plant ecosystems are substantially degraded, to a point where we don’t immediately recognize how severely they are depleted and dysfunctional. We don’t have a frame of reference to know what “normal” actually looks like anymore. It is common for most crops to produce only 15-25% of the yield they are genetically capable of. It is common for many plants to photosynthesize at only 15-25% of their capacity in a 24 hour photo-period. This means that it is theoretically possible to increase crop performance by as much as 4-5x in a perfect environment. Of course, production agriculture is not a perfect environment. When exposed to all the possible climatic stresses, it is still possible to increase yields and plant performance significantly beyond our present baseline when we approach plant nutrition differently.

In this in-depth workshop, John will describe the principles and the science of regenerative farming ecosystems that harness much more of the solar and earth energy coming into the system, and produce Olympic athlete-level performance. We already have the knowledge and information needed to increase soil and crop performance to several times higher than the current system. We simply need to implement what is already known. We can develop regenerative agriculture ecosystems in which soil health is quickly regenerated, crop yields and quality constantly improve, pest pressure becomes less of a challenge and crops are much more resilient to climate extremes. When a truly regenerative ecosystem is functioning well, the need for external inputs becomes less and less, and can even be eliminated entirely in some cropping systems.

While the principles and science are transferable to all crops, this course will be focused on broad acre crop production. John will be discussing:

  • How to access the very large untapped genetic potential of many varieties to produce higher yields. This discussion will focus on understanding plant nutritional requirements at specific growth stages.
  • How to increase photosynthesis from today’s baseline too much higher levels, by managing carbon dioxide release, water hydrolysis, and chlorophyll levels, and influencing leaf size and thickness.
  • How to manage nutrition to produce higher quality proteins to provide crop resistance to the various insects which require soluble nitrogen sources within the plant as a food source.
  • How to manage biology to produce higher lipid content to increase the oil content in the crop, and produce more organic matter from root exudates and crop residues.
  • How plants produce immune compounds to provide resistance to all diseases, insects, nematodes, mites, and more when nutritional profiles are balanced correctly.
  • How insects communicate with plants in the infrared spectrum, and how nutritional profiles affect plants infrared signature.
  • How to develop disease suppressive soil microbial profiles that provide abundant mineral release for crop nutrition by managing crop and cover crop type and rotation.
  • How you can quickly build soil organic matter while you are growing a crop.
  • How to manage fertilizer applications to increase soil and plant health, which fertilizers to avoid, and when to apply products for the greatest economic response.
  • How to monitor and manage nutrient release curves for soil and fertilizer supplied nutrients during the growing season, and over multiple growing seasons.
  • How to manage different application types, planting, side-dress, irrigation, and foliars to produce the highest economic crop performance.
  • How to read and interpret sap analysis results, and make recommendations for the current and future crops.
  • Why insects and diseases are attracted to crops with specific nutritional profiles, and how to prevent them.
  • How to prioritize cultural management practices and product applications to produce the greatest ecosystem response with the least amount of inputs.

This is not an entry-level workshop. We are assuming a foundational understanding of managing soil fertility and crop health.  In this course, John will be describing how to achieve a much higher plateau of soil and plant performance.

You can learn about Loran Steinlage and family’s innovative farm from this article, their youtube channel, a recent presentation, or an online search to find some of the conference presentations and articles that have been shared.

Registration is open until seats are sold out or until July 14th.

We have reserved hotel blocks at several local hotels for a discounted rate, you will want to make reservations early because of the local fair and other events occurring at the same time. Hotel information is in your registration confirmation email.

Lunch on both days will be provided, breakfast on the 22nd.

Coronavirus is a concern for many people. We can’t predict what the state of affairs might be by mid-July, but we are planning on having this event in any case. This information becomes even more valuable and more necessary to share given all that is happening in the world. If you prefer not to attend in person, we are planning to live stream the event so you will still be able to participate. You can sign up here for the livestream as well, and we will send you the streaming details a few days before the event.

The cost is 550.00 per attendee.

I look forward to speaking with you then!