Soil Fertility

Grant Funding Available for Biochar Projects January 12, 2018

The Great Plains Biochar Initiative, a partnership of the Nebraska Forest Service, the Kansas Forest Service, and private industry, recently announced grant funding opportunities for developing biochar usage in the region.

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What is the Economic Value of Manure December 6, 2017

Manure has value. That value may result from improvements in soil quality, increases in yield, and replacement of commercial nutrient required for crop production. This article focuses on the economic benefits of manure.

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The Water-Soil Health Connection September 29, 2017

Cover crops, crop rotation, and other means for improving soil health are among the research areas pursued by the Soil Health Institute, a non-profit organization supporting soil stewardship and advancing soil health. Learn more about its work and the research it's spotlighting this week.

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N losses

Managing Nitrogen to Reduce Losses as Nitrous Oxide September 18, 2017

Nitrogen is a key factor in farm management and economics. One of the most expensive inputs for corn production, it can be easily lost to the environment. One avenue for losing N, as nitrous oxide, has an impact on our climate as a greenhouse gas. Successful strategies for reducing N losses, especially as nitrous oxide, benefit both farmers and the environment.

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Fertilizer Management for Winter Wheat August 29, 2017

With winter wheat planting drawing near, it's time to collect soil samples and determine fertilizer needs. Use the nitrogen and phosphorus information to guide your strategy.

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Evaluating N Management with the Corn Stalk Nitrate Test August 23, 2017

When is this test best used? Often it may be well used to compare nitrogen uptake between two practices in corn.

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Market Journal on Nitrate Leaching, Marestail Control and More June 9, 2017

On this week's Market Journal with host Jeff Wilkerson view these segments:

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Iowa Releases New Publication on Use of the Late Spring Soil Nitrate Test June 8, 2017

Following heavy spring rains, farmers may be interested in testing for soil nitrogen availability. This article notes a new publication from Iowa State University on using the Late Spring Soil Nitrate Test (LSNT) as well as other options for assessing soil nitrate.

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