Soil Health

Soil Health Demonstration Farm Field Day near Stanton

August 6, 2018

A Soil Health NRCS Demonstration Farm Field Day will be held Aug. 23 near Stanton on the Loren Pestel Farm. Cover crops, wheat production, a field tour, and cost-share programs are all on the agenda as experts from NRCS, Nebraska Extension, and private industry share their latest findings.

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A diverse 14-way mix was planted into wheat stubble immediately after harvest to keep living roots in the field.  The cover crop is using sunlight and carbon dioxide to put energy and carbon into the soil to feed the soil biology.
A diverse 14-way mix was planted into wheat stubble immediately after harvest to keep living roots in the field. The cover crop is using sunlight and carbon dioxide to put energy and carbon into the soil to feed the soil biology. (Photo by Paul Jasa)

Cover Crops for Soil Health in Storm-damaged Fields

July 13, 2018
Fields that were hailed, flooded, windblown, or where planting was prevented this season can benefit from the many soil services provided by cover crops. In addition a growing cover crop can help reduce erosion from water and wind and may help protect soil moisture levels.

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One of the objectives of the soil health training on July 18 is to communicate the dynamics of the soil which includes physical, chemical and biological properties.

Soil Health Training July 18 at ENREC

June 27, 2018
Nebraska Extension is hosting a Soil Health Clinic designed for home and acreage owners, farmers, and industry consultants. The outdoor training experience will be July 18.

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Hand holding two soil types

Soil Health Nexus Looks to Better Understand your Soil Health Challenges

April 11, 2018
The Soil Health Nexus is conducting a short survey to better understand your soil health challenges. Which benefits of soil health are most important to you? What practices do you use to improve soil health? Water quality? Sharing your insights can help them develop information resources to better meet your needs.

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How do You Define Soil Health?

April 4, 2018
For many people the definition of soil health depends on their perspective and use of the soil. While definitions can vary widely, there are four common practices that everyone should consider to ensure healthy soil biota.

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Soil health summer field days
Figure 1. While it's too early to examine soil health differences in the field, it's the right time to learn how to start improving soil health and soil quality at the March 5 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference.

Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference March 5

February 12, 2018
Soil health, cover crops, manure use, and grazing annual forages (cover crops) will be among the topics at the Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Monday, March 6 in Syracuse. Registrations are due by Feb. 27.

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Figure 1. Manure being applied in a corn field, using a drag-hose system. Learn more in this month's Soil Health Nexus Blog article.
Figure 1. Manure being applied in a corn field, using a drag-hose system. Learn more in this month's Soil Health Nexus Blog article.

Can Manure Improve Soil Health or Soil Quality?

February 8, 2018
Is land application of manure something you're considering or practicing? Two university research articles look at potential effects on soil health and soil quality.

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