conservation

Conservation Efforts Continue on Florida’s Farms, Ranches Amid Pandemic

Dan Conservation, Coronavirus, Farm Bill, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Soil, Water

(USDA/NRCS/FL) — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida continued its conservation work across the state despite a year marked with a pandemic and natural disasters. The agency helped farmers, ranchers and forest landowners implement conservation practices to help conserve natural resources and boost their bottom lines. Additionally, NRCS launched new online tools that increased the efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of crucial …

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When is a Weed Not a Weed?

Dan Industry News Release, Soil, USDA-NRCS

Reclamation and restoration plantings are usually developed with the goal of establishing a stable plant community.  To determine what species may perform well in an area, land managers can refer to nearby reference sites or an Ecological Site Description.  However, many restoration sites may not have the capability to support the species present in an undisturbed reference area.  Plant species return to …

Alabama SWCC on Installation of Irrigation Pivots

Clint Thompson Alabama, Soil, Water

Early last year, the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) worked with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University to identify watersheds that would have funding priority for new irrigation systems. Dr. William Puckett, Alabama SWCC executive director, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman contracts have been signed and pivots are being …

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UF Plant and Soil Diagnostic Labs Essential to Florida Agriculture, Economy During COVID-19

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Soil

(UF/IFAS) — In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic. That’s why, when many American universities have transitioned to online-only and their employees adapt to working from home, scientists at …

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Cover Crops Play Vital Role in Soil Conservation

Dan Alabama, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Soil, soil fertility

(ACES) — Heavy bouts of rainfall and strong storms created the perfect scenario for Alabama producers to talk about the many benefits of planting cover crops during the winter season. Audrey Gamble, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System soil scientist, said the weather throughout winter months in Alabama has allowed for thought-provoking conversations surrounding use of cover crops and off-season land …

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Now Is the Time to Test Soil

Clint Thompson Soil

By Clint Thompson Farmers need to take soil samples now to ensure essential nutrient levels in their fields. A lack of the right amount of a specific nutrient could cost growers who want to maximize their yields, according to Audrey Gamble, assistant professor and Extension specialist at Auburn University. She said soil testing is one of the easiest ways for …

Mapping Soils in the Florida Everglades

Dan Florida, Soil, USDA-NRCS

During the South Florida sweltering heat this past August, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Scientists Craig Prink and Martin Figueroa were out collecting soil samples in the Everglades in an effort to build a map that helps land managers understand resource concerns affecting the ecosystem, water quality and wildlife. Martin said, “This is the first digital soil map developed in Florida, on …

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World Soil Day is December 5

Dan Soil, USDA-NRCS

World Soil Day is December 5, a day that was established to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continues to promote healthy soil for life. Soil health, also referred to as soil quality, is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital …