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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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An completely on-line course for lifelong learners interested in soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

An completely on-line course for lifelong learners interested in soil.[/caption] 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 tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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

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Soil 101: Introduction to Soil – Online!

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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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