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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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
— 1 month away
Certification Training for Nutrient Management PlannersMon Mar 9 - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 3 months away
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