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Water Chemistry

Soil & Water
Chemistry

Did you know biological organisms can affect soil and water chemistry?  The action of soil bacteria can cause the formation of minerals, like orange iron hydroxides seen in this mountain stream. This bio-mineralization process can greatly affect the mobility of pollutants in the environment.

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Water Chemistry

Soil & Water
Chemistry

Did you know biological organisms can affect soil and water chemistry?  The action of soil bacteria can cause the formation of minerals, like orange iron hydroxides seen in this mountain stream. This bio-mineralization process can greatly affect the mobility of pollutants in the environment.

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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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Sediment Baffles

Sediment & Erosion
Control

Did you know sediment is the number one pollutant of North Carolina  waterways? Soil scientists  are studying new methods to prevent soil loss from construction sites in the mountains  where trout streams are highly-sensitive to ecosystem disruption.

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