NRCS Soil Health Initiative

Soil Health InitiativeDemonstrating soil health management across Nebraska

Farmers in a field

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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Mark Your Calendar

February 28, 2020 — Nebraska On-Farm Research Update: Special Focus on Soil Health and Cover Crops
York — Holtus Convention Center

  • Come hear about research projects conducted in 2019 by farmers across the state in cooperation with Nebraska Extension.
  • There is no cost to attend. Please pre-register at least 2 days in advance for meal planning purposes. For more info - onfarm@unl.edu or 402-624-8030.
  • Share the meeting flyer with a friend!

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New NebGuide - Crop Management to Reduce Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Nebraska

February 24, 2020
A new NebGuide, G2322, authored by Bijesh Maharjan, Virginia Jin, Laila Puntel, Javed Iqbal, Tyler Williams, Humberto Blanco and Charles Wortmann, is available in both html and PDF formats.

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Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Set for March 3 in Hickman

February 19, 2020
Soil health, cover crops, and grazing annual cover crops will be among the topics at the Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Tuesday, March 3rd in Hickman, NE.

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Feb. 28 On-Farm Research Update Meeting to Focus on Cover Crops & Soil Health

February 12, 2020
Each year, the On-Farm Research Network plans a series of update meetings and invites producers to attend in order to gain valuable crop production related information from the research projects conducted by Nebraska farmers.

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Panhandle Soil Health Workshop info

First Panhandle Soil Health Workshop Set for March 3 in Bridgeport

February 5, 2020
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will sponsor the first Panhandle Soil Health Workshop in Bridgeport next month. The half-day event will take place on March 3 from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Prairie Winds Community Center.

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Figure 1. Cover crops planted after wheat harvest at the Daryl Obermeyer Farm east of Auburn in Nemaha County. On the left are oats plus turnips and radishes. On the right are turnips and radishes and cereal rye. The brassicas (turnips and radishes) out-compete the cereal rye in late summer. (Photo by Gary Lesoing)

Cover Crop Field Tour Sept. 17 in Nemaha County

September 4, 2019
A Cover Crop Field Tour of three sites in Nemaha County will look at how cover crops are being used and what the early yield and biomass data are showing. A soil pit at one site will also offer insights into longer-term soil health benefits.

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