Soil Management

Find more information in the Soil Management to Optimize Crop Production in Nebraska section of CropWatch.

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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Using Emergency Tillage to Control Wind Erosion

April 21, 2022
Although soil erosion is best handled with a long-range plan that includes maintaining vegetative ground cover, reducing tillage, reducing field widths, and planting wind breaks, when soil starts moving unexpectedly — or conditions suggest this may occur — emergency control strategies are needed.

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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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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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Third Annual Panhandle Soil Health Workshop March 2 in Bridgeport

February 2, 2022
Speakers from UNL and other academic institutions, as well as the USDA NRCS will present information on soil health, soil health programs and management practices that affect soil health in the region.

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Soil in hands

Funding Available for Farmers to Establish Soil Health Demonstration Projects

January 19, 2022
The funding will compensate producers for conducting strip trials of cover crops vs. no cover crops within a diverse crop rotation using no-till planting, as well as developing case studies and hosting field days.

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Soils School presenter mugshots
(Clockwise, from top left) Bijesh Maharjan, Laila Puntel, Humberto Blanco, Javed Iqbal, Rhae Drijber, Michael Kaiser, Aaron Hird, Nathan Mueller and Katie Pekarek will present at 2022 Soils School.

Soils School to Feature Soil, Water, Nutrient Management Concepts

January 6, 2022
This two-day course, which focuses on the basic principles of soils, water and nutrient management, will highlight the latest information and research findings on soil chemistry and microbiology, manure nutrient management, nitrogen, phosphorus and more.

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University to Host Soil Health Summit on Nov. 19

November 11, 2021
Numerous Husker faculty members will discuss biological, chemical, environmental and physical properties of soil, as well as conservation strategies and producer practices. Deadline to register for the free summit is Friday, Nov. 12.

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