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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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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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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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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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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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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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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! popular

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: Heather Hanna, N.C. Dept. Environment & Nat. Resources. Using Soils as Trace Evidence in Murder Investigations: Case Studies from North Carolina. Wed Sep 3, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 2 days away
Seminar: Chunjuan Bi, School of Resources & Env. Sci., East China Normal Univ. Phosphate and Heavy Metal Contamination in Urban Soils and Water in Shanghai Region, China. Wed Sep 10, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 1 week away
Seminar: Jayme Ferrari, PhD Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Crop Production as a Function of Soil Acidity Amendment in a No-Tillage System in BrazilWed Sep 24, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 3 weeks away
Seminar: Janet Chappell, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Agroforestry System in the Southeastern U.S.Wed Oct 1, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 4 weeks away
Seminar: Daniel Hedgecock, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Adaptive Nitrogen Management for Corn, Sorghum and Wheat in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Wed Oct 15, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 1 month away
Seminar: Amanda Liesch, PhD Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Infiltration Index for Site Assessment in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina Wed Oct 22, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 2 months away
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
— 2 months away
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