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Soil Health

Chris Augustin, Area Extension Soil Health

Healthy soils are crucial to production agriculture.  Many issues that face North Dakota includes soil salinity, erosion, fertility, sodicity, and water management.  The NDSU Area Specialist/Soil Health helps producers improve their soil resources through research based educational workshops, one-on-one consultations, presentations, and articles. 

Recent educational activities include: Soil Salinity Field Day, 4-H/FFA Land Judging, several soil pits, and County Agent Trainings. 

Rainfall infiltration demonstration held during a July 2015 Soil Health Tour
Rainfall infiltration demonstration held during a July 2015 Soil Health Tour

Current research projects include: cover cropping, evaluating plant salinity tolerances, salinity mitigation through cropping and drainage systems, soil disturbance reclamation (pipeline), and various fertility trials.

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Saline soil pit at a Soil Health Tour held in July 2015
Saline soil pit at a Soil Health Tour held in July 2015

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