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Rain Simulator Helps Understanding of How Water Flows By: 11/18/2015 @ 1:24pm

Dig a hole. Shovel the soil back in. It never quite fills up level to the surrounding soil. The reason, of course, is there are air spaces, and they are disturbed when you dig a hole or till a field.Those air…

Crop Residue as a Soil Saving Strategy By: 11/09/2015 @ 9:07am

Leaving crop residue on the surface of the soil is an investment. The near-term return is a savings in moisture with a payback in better yields. A long-term bonus is the building of organic matter in the…

No-Till a Solution to Climate Change By: 07/13/2015 @ 10:10am

Reducing tillage for some Great Plains crops could help conserve water and reduce losses caused by climate change, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) investigations. ARS Researcher Laj…

Steps to Transition to No-Till By: 03/16/2015 @ 3:11pm

Transitioning fields into a no-till system was once a drawn-out process for brothers Keith and Doug Thompson, who farm near Osage City, Kansas. Fields could take five to 10 years before showing signs of…

Limit Physical Disturbances for Soil Health By: 03/09/2015 @ 11:47am

“We need to cut back on tillage,” says Jill Clapperton, principal scientist with Rhizoterra, Inc., a Spokane, Washington, soil health firm. “Everywhere in the world, we need to reduce the amount of…

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