Soil Health

Soil layers

Cropland Reference Ecological Unit — A Land Classification Unit for Comparative Soil Studies

September 29, 2022
UNL researchers have developed the Cropland Reference Ecological Unit and Soil Health Gap concept to offer a method of describing the true soil health potential of land.

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Team measures water infiltration

Assessing Soil Health at the Field Scale: Putting Reference Soils and Sampling Strategies All Together

September 28, 2022
In a recently published article, UNL researchers help shed light on common questions related to using cover crops as a way to meet soil health goals.

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Cover crop field
Attendees will get a first-hand look at the effects of tillage on soil health at this year's Soil Health and Cover Crop Field Day on Sept. 20 at the University of Nebraska Rogers Memorial Farm near Lincoln.

2022 Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day

September 8, 2022
This year's field day will feature a new statewide study evaluating cover crop variety selection and performance, on-site examinations of soil from a long-term tillage study and more.

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Daryl Obermeyer

Farmer Focus: Improving the Bottom Line through Cover Crops with On-Farm Research

August 11, 2022
In this research project, Nebraska farmer Daryl Obermeyer tested winterkill and spring burndown cover crops to improve soil health.

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Tour participants
Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension irrigation management specialist, speaks to participants during a past Water, Crops and Soil Health Field Day. (CropWatch file photo)

WCREEC Set to Host Annual Water and Crops Field Day

August 10, 2022
This year’s sessions will feature in-field soil health trial demos, a producer panel on current ag challenges like global supply chain issues, plus expert insights into the future on fertilizer and ag chemical availability for next year.

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Sorghum field
Sorghum growing in a research field on the northeast edge of Lincoln. A Nebraska team recently tested whether the method of delivering soil- and root-dwelling bacteria to sorghum could influence the growth of the cereal grain. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication and Marketing)

Performance of Crop-boosting Bacteria May Depend on Delivery Method

July 29, 2022
A recent Nebraska study discovered that the most effective methods for promoting crop growth depends on the type of soil bacteria being introduced.

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Farm soil

NRCS-UNL Collaborative Research on the Soil Health Gap Analysis in Nebraska

April 12, 2022
The Soil Health Gap concept can assist producers in estimating differences of soil health under varying management practices that may have accumulated since cultivation began.

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Soil health practices graph

Motivation and Challenges in Adopting Soil Health Practices

February 17, 2022
Results of a Nebraska Healthy Soils Task Force survey that analyzed growers' motivation and challenges in cover crop, nutrient and other soil health management practices across the state.

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