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Featuring Dr. Chad Penn and a team of engineers and technicians. P-TRAP is free software developed by the USDA ARS allowing non-engineers to design and build P filters, which can significantly decrease phosphorus runoff from farm fields, reducing harmful surface water eutrophication and algal blooms, as demon…

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Edge of field monitoring is allowing researchers to evaluate the potential impact on nutrient management and make recommendations on the effectiveness of that practice in reducing nutrient loss.…

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The benefits of a two-stage ditch over the typical agricultural ditch include improving drainage and ecological function by reducing erosion, scouring and flooding. The two-stage design improves ditch stability by spreading out and slowing down water flow and reducing the need for maintenance, saving both lab…

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Drainage Water Management (DWM) is an NRCS-approved conservation engineering practice that manages water discharges from subsurface agricultural drainage systems. A DWM structure holds water in root zones when crops need it while also allowing it to drain when there’s too much. It manages the timing and amo…

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Phosphorus removal bed at the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. Phosphorus removal beds are ideally placed in sites with known excess dissolved phosphorus issues. Fields that have higher soil test phosphorus readings have an increased likelihood to leak that phosphorus into downstream bodies of wat…

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Subsurface nutrient placement allows farmers to put nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium below the surface so that plants are able to increase their uptake of them. This reduces nutrient runoff and helps farmers protect surface water quality.…

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Nutrients applied in the right amount can increase yields, reduce production costs and prevent surface and groundwater pollution. When soil sampling data is overlapped with yield mapping data, a clearer picture can be developed where deficiencies are occurring in the field. Detailed soil sampling can also mor…

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Livestock manure can help improve soil health. Variable-rate nutrient application allows crop producers to apply different rates of nutrients in different locations across fields based on soil tests with the help of precision technology like computers and GPS.…

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Grassed waterways protect soil from concentrated water flows, significantly reduce gully erosion and improve runoff water quality resulting from the concentrated surface flow.…

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Through NRCS assistance, wetlands can be created, enhanced, or restored. Wetlands are essential components of healthy watersheds because they encourage habitat variability and increase biodiversity. They also provide essential ecosystem services such as processing nutrients, improving water quality, and reple…

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Crops such as cereal rye, oats, winter wheat and many other species are planted to temporarily protect the ground from wind and water erosion and supply living roots to the soil during times when cropland is often not adequately protected. In conjunction with no-tilling, keeping living roots in the soil as mu…

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Crop residue prevents soil erosion, protects water quality, improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. When soil is left undisturbed, microbial activity increases, helping build soil structure and improving soil health. No-till helps form root channels and other near-surface voi…

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