Charles Wortmann - Extension Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist

Charles Wortmann

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Work Keim Hall (KEIM) 369
Lincoln NE 68583-0915
US
Work 402-472-2909 On campus, dial 2-2909

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Research Cited in CW
How Manure Impacts Soil Aggregation

Strategic Tillage for the Improvement of No-Till Cropping Systems

January 21, 2020
Occasional tillage (OT) of long-term no-till (also called one-time or strategic tillage) might be desired once in more than 5 or 10 years according to need for integrated weed management, fracturing a compaction layer, incorporating a soil amendment such as lime or manure, reducing vertical stratification of nutrient availability, increasing soil organic matter to greater depth, or reducing crop residue accumulation.

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Agronomic Management for Reduced Nitrate Leaching

January 7, 2020
The leaching of nitrate to groundwater and the increasing occurrence of groundwater with excessive nitrate levels for human consumption is a major concern in Nebraska. The amount of leached NO3- depends on soil NO3- concentration at different soil depth layers and the quantity of water movement downward through these soil layers to beyond the root zone.

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Crediting Essential Nutrients Applied in Irrigation Water

December 18, 2019
Crediting some of the nitrate-N applied in irrigation water for determination of fertilizer-N rates has long been advised in Nebraska.

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Nebraska NRCS soil survey map of K-feldspar

Soil Potassium Availability: The Roles of Manure, Irrigation and Potassium Feldspar

December 17, 2019
Why do Nebraska soils tend to have high potassium (K) availability, even with high yields and often without fertilizer K application? Why are yield responses to fertilizer-K infrequent?

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Soil Amendments

December 9, 2019
Soil amendments are any materials that when added to soil will improve its properties and processes. Amendments such as lime, gypsum, manure, or biochar can provide many benefits to production systems by improving soil chemical, physical, and biological properties. Some examples of production benefits from amendments include raising pH, adding nutrients, increasing soil organic matter, mitigating salt-affected soils, and improving soil water storage.

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Soil probe

Soil Sampling for Better Fertilization Decisions

December 3, 2019
Recommendations for collecting soil samples to ensure the quality results needed for good management decisions about fertilizer, manure, and lime application rates.

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Considerations for Fall Fertilizer-Nitrogen Application

October 30, 2019
Fall fertilizer applications offer cost savings and time management benefits, but also may contribute to increased soil nitrate-N leaching. With Nebraska's high soil moisture levels, consider these suggestions when applying nitrogen this fall.

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Figure 1. Research in northeast Nebraska indicates that adding alfalfa to a corn-soybean rotation can reduce nitrate in the aquifer while increasing profit.

Adding Alfalfa to Corn-Soybean Rotation can Increase Profit, Reduce Nitrate Leaching

July 31, 2019
University research shows that adding alfalfa into corn-soybean rotations can help reduce the loss of nitrate to and increase the extraction of nitrate from aquifers while improving profitability.

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