Soil Health

Cover crops in field

2023 Nebraska Soil Health Conference Set for Feb. 9 near Mead

January 19, 2023
The 2023 conference will feature numerous discussions on soil health topics, including diversified crop rotations, interseeding cover crops, biochar and Kernza.

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Aerial view of field
Aerial image: Crop response (dark patches in chlorotic acres) to soil health restoration using soil carbon amendment in Nebraska Panhandle. Hands-on activities and demos on soil health practices will be just one part of the educational experience during the first Nebraska Soil Health School on March 2 in Bridgeport.

Nebraska Soil Health School Registration Open

January 12, 2023
Free to attend, the first Nebraska Soil Health School will feature presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities related to soil health education, and will offer certified crop advisor CEUs.

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Cover crop in field
Cover crop mix (cereal rye and brassicas) in a field on Oct. 12. Last year’s cereal rye residue is still visible.

Broadcast Interseeding with a Highboy — What We Learned in Year One

December 16, 2022
First-year results of a study to assess cover crop establishment using broadcast late-season interseeding in rainfed and irrigated fields.

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Woman on farm
The 2023 Soils School at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln will provide three soil and water, and eight nutrient management CEUs for certified crop advisors.

Soils School to Feature Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Concepts

December 15, 2022
In this two-day course, NU experts will be discussing the latest research on soil fertility, precision ag for nitrogen management, cover crop effects on soil, soil carbon sequestration and more.

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Soil erosion

Crop Residue Removal: Its Effect on Soil and Water Quality

December 15, 2022
As crop residues provide numerous benefits for soil health and water availability, crop growers should weigh the pros and cons of leaving crop residue in the field — particularly those who farm dryland ground.

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Studying soil sample

Save the Dates: 2023 Nebraska Soil Health School

December 14, 2022
Created to enhance the technical soil-related knowledge of farmers and ag industry professionals, the new Nebraska Soil Health School workshop will be hosted in three locations across Nebraska in 2023.

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Highboy interseeder

Highboy Cover Crop Interseeding Project

October 6, 2022
Interested producers are encouraged to participate in this new UNL project, wherein researchers are interseeding cover crops into late-season corn to provide additional growth time before winter dormancy.

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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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