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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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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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Soil Carbon

Soil Science &
Climate Change

Did you know microscopic organisms regulate the accumulation of carbon in the soil, which has major implications with regards to the global carbon balance and potentially global warming.  Carbon sequestration in the soil exceeds the sum of the carbon stored in the atmosphere (~ 750 billion tons) and all living plants (~610 billion tons). Conservation practices that increase the storage of carbon and decrease the decomposition of organic matter may very well have a positive impact on stabilizing or even reducing global temperatures

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Organic Ammendments

Improving Farm
Economics with Alternative Fertilizers

North Carolina produces more meat than any other state in our country. The manures produced on the animal farms represent a mixed fertilizer that costs approximately half as much as supplying the same amounts of N, P, and K with inorganic fertilizer. Manures also contain substantial amounts of secondary nutrients and micronutrients. Ongoing research attempts to document the actual availability of these nutrients for the production of grain, hay and pasture crops.

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Soil Judging

Soil & Land
Judging

Throughout North Carolina, students compete in soil and land judging compititions, where they try to match observed soil properties to potential land uses for the soil resource. During a typical contest, students are asked to describe the characteristics of a soil profile such as color, texture, consistence, and structure. Each of these properties can provide information about the suitability of the particular soil for any number of land uses.

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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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Nutrient Management TrainingMon Aug 4 - Fri Aug 8, 2014 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 3 months away
Certification Training for Nutrient Management PlannersMon Mar 9 - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 10 months away
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