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Soil: Water Reservoir for Crop Production

Elwyn Taylor, Iowa State University climatologist, reported that 200-bushel corn needs 19 to 23 inches of water during the growing season. For 200-bushel corn at 75 degree F (soil temperature), corn needs 1-acre inch of water per week, doubling to 2 inches at 85 degrees F, and doubling again to 4 inches at 95 degrees F. Read more in this article from Ohio's Country Journal.
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Curbing Phosphorus Losses: There's an App for That

Phosphorus that leaves agricultural fields in runoff or drainage water can end up in water bodies like lakes, streams and rivers, compromising their quality, fueling algal blooms and imperiling aquatic life as well as recreational activities. A new system that removes phosphorus from runoff or drainage water as it leaves a field could help deal with these issues.
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Ultra-Low Disturbance No-Till Reduces Soil Loss, Compaction Concerns

Adding cover crops and moving to 100% continuous no-till has led to more emphasis on profit per acre rather than trying to continually boost yields.
Several years ago, Lewis Krueger wasn’t happy with the erosion taking place on many of the 700 acres he farms near Brillion, Wis. Along with the help of government conservation funding, he invested considerable dollars, time and effort into combatting soil loss problems in eroded areas and waterways.
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