Lime Applications Essential for Georgia Cotton Growers

Dan Cotton, Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC), Soil, Soil, soil fertility

Georgia cotton growers are on the cusp of another planting season. The Georgia Cotton Commission and University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Cotton Team remind producers about the importance of applying lime this time of year. Camp Hand, UGA Extension cotton agronomist, discussed its significance. “I’ve seen a few lime piles around, so that’s something that definitely needs to be done …


Back to the Basics: UGA Extension Reminds Cotton Growers About Importance of Soil Fertility

Dan Cotton, Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC), Soil, Soil, soil fertility

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Cotton Commission and University of Georgia Cotton Team encourage growers to get back to the basics with regards to soil fertility. Glen Harris, UGA Extension soil specialist, discussed that topic with AgNet Media’s Randall Weiseman during the recent GCC annual meeting in Tifton, Georgia. “There are a lot of new things we’re looking at; biologicals, …


USDA to Invest $3 Million to Support Cooperative Soil Science and Soil Survey Research

Dan Research, Soil, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $3 million in partnerships to promote research that informs and improves soil surveys at the regional level. This is part of an ongoing effort to continue to provide critical data. Proposals from institutions of higher education in the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) network should be submitted to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation …

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Commissioner Harper Thanks Speaker Burns, Chairman Hatchett for Additional Soil Amendment Program Funds

Dan Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), Soil

(GDA/Atlanta, GA/March 8, 2023) — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper issued a statement thanking Georgia House Speaker John Burns and House Appropriations Chairman Matt Hatchett for appropriating an additional $550,000 in the House of Representatives FY23 amended budget to strengthen Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Soil Amendment Program. “I am thankful that $550,000 has been allocated for soil amendment regulation and enforcement …

Using Soil Blocks for Better Seed Starting

Dan Organic, Soil, This Land of Ours

How to use soil blocks for better seed starting.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Soil blocking involves creating compressed blocks of soil to start seedlings in.  It’s inexpensive, easier for transplanting, promotes healthy root systems, and is eco-friendly.  And the best part, no transplanting to larger pots. To get started, you will need a seed-friendly soil mix, …

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Sterilizing Soil Helps Beat Back Bugs and Diseases on the Farm

Dan Pest/Pest Control, Soil, This Land of Ours

How sterilizing soil will help beat back bugs and diseases on the farm.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Soil sterilization helps to kill off the pests and fungi that can wreak havoc on farmland. It’s especially useful if farmers have struggled with bacteria, Nematodes, viruses, and weeds. A popular method of sterilizing soil is called solarization. Solarization …

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Plant Materials Center Provides Diverse Climate Plant Solutions

Dan Citrus, Climate Change, Corn, Cotton, Cover Crops, Environment, Field Crops, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, Peanuts, Pest/Pest Control, Pollinators, Pollinators, Research, Research, Seeds, Soil, soil fertility, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, This Land of Ours, Tree Nuts, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables, Wheat

The center providing plant solutions in a diverse climate. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  The Lockeford Plant Materials Center is a 106-acre facility located in the Central Valley of California.  It’s about an hour southeast of the state’s capitol, Sacramento, and is the only plant materials in the state. The center provides plant solutions for the diverse …

2022 Soils Planner

2022 Soils Planner is Now Available


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants landowners to know the 2022 Soils Planner is now available. USDA’s Soil and Plant Science Division notes it is a highly educational, calendar-style planner and is provided free to the public while supplies last. Individual copies can be ordered from the NRCS Distribution Center website at Enter the keyword “planner” …


USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts

Dan Environment, Soil, Soil, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they will invest?$10?million?in?a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. The investment seeks to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. USDA says CRP is an important tool in the Nation’s fight to reduce the worst impacts of climate change facing our farmers, …