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Excessive ‘N’ Application Burning the Carbon Pool

Soil microbes make quick work of soil nitrogen not taken up by plants, so it’s best for no-tillers to tailor applications to crops and not treat their soil profile as a bank, Richard Mulvaney says.
Soil microbes make quick work of soil nitrogen not taken up by plants, so it’s best for no-tillers to tailor applications to crops and not treat their soil profile as a bank, Richard Mulvaney says.
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From the Desk of Laura Barrera

10 Practices for Cutting Tile Nitrate Loads

University of Illinois Extension shares 10 steps growers can take to help reduce nitrates in the plant root zone, reduce delivery of nitrate to the field’s edge, and remove nitrogen at the edge of the field or downstream.
University of Illinois Extension shares 10 steps growers can take to help reduce nitrates in the plant root zone, reduce delivery of nitrate to the field’s edge, and remove nitrogen at the edge of the field or downstream.
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Frankly Speaking

Puddles Could Be Regulated

Despite strong opposition from farm organizations to the original version of the federal government’s Clean Water Rule, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers went ahead and released updated rules on May 27. While the 1972 Clean Water Act dealt mostly with larger rivers, lakes and bays, a major worry with the new rules is that farmers may now need government permits to deal with fairly simple matters such as on-farm ditches, ponds and even puddles.


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From the Desk of Laura Allen

Growers Face Lawsuit for Water Nitrate Pollution

After a 60-day notice of intent to sue, Des Moines Water Works voted unanimously to file a federal lawsuit against three counties in northwest Iowa for nitrate pollution. While enacting regulations may not solve the problem, I think it's a wake-up call for no-tillers to ensure they're doing everything in their power to limit nutrient runoff from their fields.
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