Nutrient Management, Soil Health
Managing Nitrogen Application During a Drought

Managing Nitrogen Application During a Drought

Drought conditions change the way farmers should fall-apply nitrogen. Soil retains more nitrogen during a drought, so there could be an opportunity for farmers to spread out or delay input costs to avoid sending excess N downstream.

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    Due to a late harvest and adverse weather conditions, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is extending the 2021 H2Ohio Program deadline for planting overwintering cover crops, including those following small grains, and manure incorporation.
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    For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Anthony Bly, Soils Field Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. In an interview with associate editor Sarah Hill, Anthony discusses the interconnected relationship between water and soil, how cover crops fit into profitable cropping systems, the importance of minimal soil disturbance and more.
  • USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts through CRP Initiative

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $10 million in a new initiative to sample, measure and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. The initiative will begin implementation in fall 2021 with three partners who will conduct soil carbon sampling on three categories of CRP practice types: perennial grasses, trees and wetlands.

  • Using Winter Field Pea as a Fall-Planted Broadleaf Crop in Dryland Crop Rotations

    Incorporating winter pea into a wheat-based dryland crop production system in the Panhandle has the potential to increase the crop production sustainability and economic viability of dryland farming in the Nebraska Panhandle and High Plains in general, says the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
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