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Edge of field monitoring: Preliminary results show light tillage to be beneficial

There are many definitions of incorporation tillage. Many years ago it was associated with inversion of the soil. Later it became digging down 8 to 10inches and stirring the soil while taking place with a fertilizer application and in some cases impregnated with herbicide. For lack of a better term, incorporation today may likely mean […]

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How voluntary conservation intersects with regulatory need at 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Several sessions at the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum – “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” – will address landowner options to meet regulatory needs with participation in voluntary conservation programs. Participants in the conservation track of the program will hear from Mr. Jason Weller, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as Chris […]

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2015 is International Year of Soils

Today, USDA joins nations from across the globe to kick off the International Year of Soils, an effort to highlight the importance of soil in everyday life. Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie will address members of the 68th United Nations General Assembly, which designated 2015 for the yearlong celebration. Read more.

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The economic return to soil test information

Fall after harvest is an excellent time for soil sampling and testing. This year, with lower grain prices, many producers may be looking for places to cut costs. However, cutting back on soil testing could result in lowering profits. Read more

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