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Improving Infiltration

Recovering from
Construction

Construction activities usually have very bad outcomes for soil due to the removal of topsoil and compaction by machinery and vehicles.  We are testing different methods for helping the soil recover to allow for better vegetation growth and higher infiltration rates, which in turn helps reduce runoff and improve water quality.

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Improving Infiltration

Recovering from
Construction

Construction activities usually have very bad outcomes for soil due to the removal of topsoil and compaction by machinery and vehicles.  We are testing different methods for helping the soil recover to allow for better vegetation growth and higher infiltration rates, which in turn helps reduce runoff and improve water quality.

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Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater
Quality

Did you know soil scientists are involved in conducting groundwater studies to trace contamination and to develop strategies to make corrective actions. Contamination commonly is located in the soil, saprolite, and water phases.  Soil and groundwater chemistry are important to the  understanding of the interaction of various types of chemical contaminants.

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4-H’ers discover key characteristics about tropical soils on an environmental service learning trip to Puerto Rico.

4H & Soil Science

4-H’ers discover key characteristics about tropical soils on an environmental service learning trip to Puerto Rico.[/caption] The 4-H Plant and Soils program offers numerous opportunities to invite youth to learn about soil. Youth can participate in study trips, classroom programs, contests and community action projects.

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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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Sediment Baffles

Sediment & Erosion
Control

Did you know sediment is the number one pollutant of North Carolina  waterways? Soil scientists  are studying new methods to prevent soil loss from construction sites in the mountains  where trout streams are highly-sensitive to ecosystem disruption.

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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: Angel Cruz, MS Student, Crop Sci. Dept., NCSU. Sin Suelos Sin Comida: Examining the Relationship Between Soils and Food Security in El Salvador. Wed Oct 29, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 5 days away
Seminar: Marie Freeman, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Testing Alternatives to EC Measurements to Predict Woody Plant Growth in Saline Soils. Wed Nov 12, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 3 weeks away
Seminar: Wayne Roper, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Rhizobia Effects on Nodulation and Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Legume Cover Crops. Wed Nov 19, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 4 weeks away
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 month 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
— 3 months away
Certification Training for Nutrient Management PlannersMon Mar 9 - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 4 months away
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