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Crop Residue Affects Soil Life Between Growing Seasons

After harvest in the fall, farmers take the harvested crops to market or store them on their farm. They don't take the whole plant from the field, though. The leftover parts of the plant, like the stalk and leaves from corn, remain in the field. This debris is called crop residue. Read more in this article from Phys.org and the American Society of Agronomy.
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No-Till Management Improves Soil Biological Health

One of the newest frontiers for scientific discovery, soil is offering new insights into the benefits of no-till farm management. A recent study by South Dakota State University, measuring 8 different enzymes, bacteria, fungi, organic carbon and nitrogen, found significant improvements in no-till fields compared to conventionally tilled fields.
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Soil Pore Structure May be Key to Carbon Storage

Scientists have traditionally believed soil aggregates — clusters of soil particles — were the principal locations for stable carbon storage. Recent research from Michigan State University, however, shows that most stable carbon appears to be the result of microbes producing organic compounds that are then adsorbed onto soil mineral particles.
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No-Till Works Under Tough Conditions

No-till offers more options than other tillage systems with John Aeschliman’s steep slopes, limited moisture and extremely hot summer weather.
No-tilling slopes as steep as 60% that receive as little as 12 inches of annual moisture and summer-time temperatures that frequently run over 100 degrees F., John Aeschliman has been successfully no-tilling in the Palouse area of eastern Washington for more than 40 years.
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