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Glen Rabenberg is the founder and owner of Soil Works LLC. Born and raised in Bancroft, South Dakota, he graduated from Desmet High School in 1980. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, General Agriculture and Agriculture Economics from South Dakota State University in 1985. Glen then went to work for Walco International as an Animal Science Technical Advisor. He spent most of the following years with Walco working with animal pharmaceuticals, veterinarians, and farmers. Through his experience he began to notice trends in the animal science industry. He saw that many of the diseases he was employed to treat were the result of nutritional deficiencies from poor grains and forage that the animals were consuming.

Rather than conforming to the traditional methods of soil science, Glen brings his knowledge of animal science and applies it to the soil. Many of the same required nutritional ratios shared by humans, animals, and plants are reflected in the soil. He believes that the soil is a living organism and that the health of the soil should be checked in the same manner that humans and animals are checked. Glen heavily relies on the electrical conductivity of the soil to tell him the pulse of the soil. He uses a soil respiration test to tell him how the soil is breathing. And, he uses a penetrometer as a stress test and soil/plant tissue tests as the blood panel/work. Glen has learned to use these simple tests to diagnose virtually every soil problem. He has successfully solved numerous soil problems by treating the soil as a living breathing organism and correcting the cause instead of reacting to symptoms.

Glen continues to search for new ways to restore the soil and aid in the production of quality food. He aims to “bring soil back to the way nature intended.” He still maintains his third generation farm in Bancroft, South Dakota, and travels the world solving the world’s soil problems with a little bit of simplicity and the “rite” tools.

Soil Works: Correct the Cause featuring Glen Rabenberg Soil Works/Acres U.S.A.

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Glen Rabenberg is the founder and owner of Soil Works LLC. Born and raised in Bancroft, South Dakota, he graduated from Desmet High School in 1980. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, General Agriculture and Agriculture Economics from South Dakota State University in 1985. Glen then went to work for Walco International as an Animal Science Technical Advisor. He spent most of the following years with Walco working with animal pharmaceuticals, veterinarians, and farmers. Through his experience he began to notice trends in the animal science industry. He saw that many of the diseases he was employed to treat were the result of nutritional deficiencies from poor grains and forage that the animals were consuming.

Rather than conforming to the traditional methods of soil science, Glen brings his knowledge of animal science and applies it to the soil. Many of the same required nutritional ratios shared by humans, animals, and plants are reflected in the soil. He believes that the soil is a living organism and that the health of the soil should be checked in the same manner that humans and animals are checked. Glen heavily relies on the electrical conductivity of the soil to tell him the pulse of the soil. He uses a soil respiration test to tell him how the soil is breathing. And, he uses a penetrometer as a stress test and soil/plant tissue tests as the blood panel/work. Glen has learned to use these simple tests to diagnose virtually every soil problem. He has successfully solved numerous soil problems by treating the soil as a living breathing organism and correcting the cause instead of reacting to symptoms.

Glen continues to search for new ways to restore the soil and aid in the production of quality food. He aims to “bring soil back to the way nature intended.” He still maintains his third generation farm in Bancroft, South Dakota, and travels the world solving the world’s soil problems with a little bit of simplicity and the “rite” tools.

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 10: Climate Change

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 10: Climate Change

    Episode 10: Climate Change (7:41)
    In this episode, we are going to expand on that topic and talk about how you can help offset climate change with soil and carbon management techniques. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom. Questions include: What are you seeing as far as climate affects on farms? Can agricultural correct the cause of the climate crisis? If so, why isn’t it?
    Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture
    Learn more at https://www.soilworks.com/.

    • 7 min
    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 9: Carbon

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 9: Carbon

    Episode 9: Carbon (7:49)
    Why is carbon important to your plants and soil health? Learn more from soil expert Glen Rabenberg in this Soil Works episode focused on correcting the cause of imbalanced carbon:nitrogen ratios. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom. Questions include: Why is carbon important? And what should the carbon:nitrogen ratio be?
    Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture
    Learn more at https://www.soilworks.com/.

    • 7 min
    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 8: Biological Farming Problems

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 8: Biological Farming Problems

    Episode 8: Biological Farming Problems (7:21)
    So you’re trying a biological program and it failed. Why? Learn more from soil expert Glen Rabenberg in this Soil Works episode focused on correcting the cause of biological programs that aren’t working the way they should. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom.
    Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture
    Learn more at https://www.soilworks.com/.

    • 7 min
    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 7: Nitrogen Deficiencies

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 7: Nitrogen Deficiencies

    Episode 7: Nitrogen Deficiencies (8:36)
    How much nitrogen do you really need to buy every year? Learn more from soil expert Glen Rabenberg in this Soil Works episode focused on correcting the cause of rising bills related to nitrogen inputs. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom. Questions include: Why is my N bill increasing? Does synthetic nitrogen decrease soil carbon? Isn’t the air full of nitrogen? Why can’t I utilize it?
    Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture
    Learn more at https://www.soilworks.com/.

    • 8 min
    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 6: Unhealthy Soil

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 6: Unhealthy Soil

    Episode 6: Unhealthy Soil (7:30)
    Many farmers inherit or develop unhealthy soil, but how do you fix it? Learn more from soil expert Glen Rabenberg in this Soil Works episode focused on correcting the cause of unhealthy soil. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom. Questions include: How do you define healthy? Will soil testing tell me if my soil is healthy? How do I correct the cause of unhealthy soil?
    Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture
    Learn more at https://www.soilworks.com/.

    • 7 min
    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 5: Herbicide Resistance

    Soil Works, Correct the Cause Episode 5: Herbicide Resistance

    Episode 5: Herbicide Resistance (8:14)
    How can you better manage weeds, and learn the good ones from the bad? Learn more from soil expert Glen Rabenberg in this Soil Works episode focused on correcting the cause of herbicide-resistant weeds. It is always cheaper to correct the cause than react to the symptom. Questions include: People tell me a weed just a plant growing out of place; what do you think? What is the problem a weed is trying to solve?
    Hosted by Ryan Slabaugh, publisher of Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture
    Learn more at https://www.soilworks.com/.

    • 8 min

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