NRCS Soil Health Initiative

Soil Health InitiativeDemonstrating soil health management across Nebraska

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The University of Nebraska, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Nebraska farmers and ranchers are participating in a state-wide effort to enhance the adoption of soil health and rangeland health management systems through the Soil Health Demonstration Farms and Ranch Initiatives. These initiatives will establish in-field management comparisons across the state to showcase grazing management and cropping system comparisons.

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Aerial Imagery and Cover Crops on Extension Almanac

November 2020

Two studies looking at the effectiveness of cover crops have been released by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. UNL Assistant Cropping Systems Professor Andrea Basche talks about how aerial imagery can help producers understand the value of cover crops.

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