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Minnesota Corn: 5 Tips for Profitably Managing Sulfur

Minnesota Corn: 5 Tips for Profitably Managing Sulfur

👤By Nora Nolden, University of Minnesota 🕔Jan 18, 2018

Sulfur is becoming increasingly important to crop production in Minnesota. Soil organic matter is a large storehouse for sulfur, but we still run into situations where the crop needs fertilizer S to maintain high yields. Here are five tips for

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Alabama: Cover Crops Important for Maintaining Soil Health

Alabama: Cover Crops Important for Maintaining Soil Health

👤By Katie Nichols, Alabama Cooperative Extension 🕔Jan 17, 2018

For as many years as farmers have worked the land, they have sought ways to conserve soil and resources. Researchers and producers alike are continually searching for ways to improve soil quality, increase productivity and build erosion control. Cover crops are

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Pennsylvania: Soil Health – Can I Increase Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

Pennsylvania: Soil Health – Can I Increase Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

👤By Sjoered Willem Duiker, Pennsylvania State University Extension Soil Specialist 🕔Jan 16, 2018

This fall, I participated in workshops where a farmer claimed his soil organic matter increased by 1% per year. Is this a realistic goal to shoot for? The source of soil organic matter is photosynthesis resulting in plant growth –

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Ohio: Soil Health – How Effective Are Conservation Practices?

Ohio: Soil Health – How Effective Are Conservation Practices?

👤By Alan Sundermeier, CCA, Ohio State University Extension Specialist 🕔Jan 9, 2018

INTRODUCTION Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans (USDA NRCS). Soil health indicators are measurements of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the

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Minnesota Corn: Rye Cover Crops on Irrigated Sands

Minnesota Corn: Rye Cover Crops on Irrigated Sands

👤By Natalie Ricks and Fabián Fernández, University of Minnesota Extension Specialists 🕔Jan 8, 2018

In Minnesota, approximately 500,000 acres of irrigated farmland are highly productive but susceptible to nitrate leaching to groundwater. Irrigated sandy soils are especially vulnerable to leaching. A recent study from University of Minnesota, with support from Pope County SWCD and

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Minnesota: Evaluating the Need for Sulfur in High Organic Matter Soils

Minnesota: Evaluating the Need for Sulfur in High Organic Matter Soils

👤By Daniel Kaiser, University of Minnesota Extension Soil Fertility Specialist 🕔Jan 5, 2018

Approximately 95 percent of the total sulfur in soils is found in organic matter. As soil organic matter breaks down, the S in the organic form mineralizes to sulfate-sulfur, the only form that plant roots can absorb. While we have

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Missouri: Soil Testing Kits Are Available at Local MU Extension Centers

Missouri: Soil Testing Kits Are Available at Local MU Extension Centers

👤By Linda Geist, University of Missouri 🕔Dec 18, 2017

Submitting soil samples to your local University of Missouri Extension center is easy, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory. Now is the best time of the year to submit samples to the accredited lab.

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Arkansas: Soil, Water Education Conference, Expo, Jonesboro, Jan. 31

Arkansas: Soil, Water Education Conference, Expo, Jonesboro, Jan. 31

👤From a Press Release 🕔Dec 12, 2017

The 20th annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo 2018 will be held January 31 at the first National Bank Arena at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The event, which starts at 8 a.m., will address the latest

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Flint on Crops: We Often Ignore Important Things – Commentary

Flint on Crops: We Often Ignore Important Things – Commentary

👤By Ernie Flint, Mississippi State University Agronomist 🕔Dec 11, 2017

Through the years since I started working with farmers in the mid 1970’s there has been a growing awareness of how many producers choose to bypass or intentionally ignore some of the most basic things that could increase their yields

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Michigan Wheat: Why Does My Crop Have Purple Leaves?

Michigan Wheat: Why Does My Crop Have Purple Leaves?

👤By Dennis Pennington, Michigan State University Extension Specialist 🕔Dec 7, 2017

Wheat fields across much of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula are showing signs of purpling, yellowing and tip burn. This has become a widespread problem this fall. Temporary phosphorus deficiency can cause purpling of plant leaves. This can happen late in the

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