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Suffolk Scarp

Soil Fertility
Management in the Tidewater Region

The Department of Soil Science is helping NC farmers produce more food on less land at a lower cost. For decades our programs have been investigating the basic aspects of soil and plant inter-actions in agricultural systems, with an end goal of improving fertilizer use efficiency. A greater understanding of rates, placement and timing of fertilizers have reduced agriculture’s contribution to water pollution

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Suffolk Scarp

Soil Fertility
Management in the Tidewater Region

The Department of Soil Science is helping NC farmers produce more food on less land at a lower cost. For decades our programs have been investigating the basic aspects of soil and plant inter-actions in agricultural systems, with an end goal of improving fertilizer use efficiency. A greater understanding of rates, placement and timing of fertilizers have reduced agriculture’s contribution to water pollution

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Wetlands Mapping

Wetlands Mapping

Modern wetlands mapping relies heavy upon the study of hydric soils and groundwater. Soil science is the single most important discipline for conducting precision wetlands mapping. Soil scientist work on the behalf of government agencies and corporations in developing real world plans to protect valuable wetlands.

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Erosion Control

Sediment & Erosion
Control

North Carolina is a rapidly urbanizing state with an ever growing need for improved transportation. New interstate and highway construction contributes enormous volumes of sediment to our natural waterways every year. Controlling the sediment at its source by stabilizing the roadsides is a very cost effective means of protecting our environment. Here, soil scientists spray out various protective soil covers as part of an experiment along a DOT roadway construction site to determine the most effective erosion control product

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Resource Conservation Workshop

Resource Conservation
Workshop

For the past fifty years, youth have traveled from every corner of the state to spend a week at NC State to delve into the world of natural resources conservation.  Throughout their residency, youth clamber into soil pits to determine the suitability of the spot for on-site waste treatment based on their deductions of soil texture, color and structure.  Other youth might be be using GPS technology to mark waypoints across a farm, taking the information back to the lab to create a map which they can use to determine a Best Management Practice plan. Rotating through field trips, lectures and labs, the the Resource Conservation Workshop focus’s on youth’s understanding in soils, agronomy, forestry, water and wildlife.

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Biofuels

Farming for
Fuel

Did you know several new crops have potential as substantial biomass producers, including perennial grass species. The NC General Assembly mandated a long-term policy commitment to biofuels – setting a goal that 10% of liquid fuels (600,000,000 GPY) will be locally grown and produced by 2017. Soil scientists are investigating the sustainability and long-term impacts of many of these potential new energy crop systems.

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Sustainable Soils Forum on Sep 18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC popular

A number of byproduct materials generated by Southeastern industrial sectors have proven value as soil amendments, soil blending ingredients, drainage aids or landscaping components. These materials include Pulp and Paper industry residuals, FGD Gypsum, MORE »

Soil 101: Introduction to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college MORE »

Climate change: How does soil store CO2?

Scientists have now discovered how organic carbon is stored in soil. Basically, the carbon only binds to certain soil structures. This means that soil’s capacity to absorb CO2 needs to be re-assessed and MORE »

Improve your soil management program

Are you continuing to evaluate your tillage and soil management program? It’s worth the thought that you regularly put into all the other aspects of your farm management, even if the changes you MORE »

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Seminar: Dr. Mike Vepraskas, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. The Outlook for Soil Science at NC State: It is better than you think! Wed Dec 3, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 1 week away
58th Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of North CarolinaTue Jan 20 - Wed Jan 21, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Janes S. McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
— 2 months away
Certification Training for Nutrient Management PlannersMon Mar 9 - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 3 months away
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