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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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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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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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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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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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Climate change: How does soil store CO2?

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Improve your soil management program

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