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Breaking Through the ‘Fragipan’ with Annual Ryegrass

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are zeroing in on the organic compounds they believe can break through cement-like fragipan in soils.
Affecting about 50 million acres in the U.S., the fragipan is a naturally-occurring, cement-like soil layer that can reduce the water-holding potential of the soil by about 50% compared to other crop-producing soils, and can reduce crop yields by at least 20-25%.
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[Podcast] Using Ryegrass to Break Up Fragipan Soils

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by FR8STAR, we share a discussion between Ralph Upton Jr. of Springerton, Illinois and ag researcher John Pike, which delves into research Upton had done on his farm after a 1983 drought revealed that he had a plow pan layer about 6 inches deep in his soil profile that was preventing his crops from getting needed moisture.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by FR8STAR, we share a discussion between Ralph Upton Jr. of Springerton, Illinois, and ag researcher John Pike, covering their exchange which delves into research Upton had done on his farm after a 1983 drought revealed that he had a plow pan layer about 6 inches deep in his soil profile that was preventing his crops from getting needed moisture.
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