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Residue Management

The previous crop residue is a resource to conserve and use. In addition to controlling soil erosion, crop residue limits moisture evaporation from the soil surface, maintains desirable humidity levels in undisturbed soils, and provides a food source for beneficial fungi, bacteria, insects and weed seed predators.

Residue Management Project


The NDSU Residue Management Project monitors soil moisture and temperature in 6-12”, 12-18”, and 18-24” stubble in western, central, and eastern North Dakota. Electronic sensors also monitor rainfall, wind speed and air temperature. The sensors are wired to a data logger that is connected to a cellular modem. A remote computer is programmed to contact the cellular modem every six hours to transfer the data to a computer that serves the data on this Website. The monitoring sites are located in Golden Valley, Stutsman and Cass Counties. Project funding information.

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Residue Management in Winter at golden Valley 


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