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Soil Health and Water Quality

The benefits of soil health best management practices on farm resiliency and plant and ecosystem health is well known. Less well known is the connection between soil health and water quality. Tune in to this month's edition of The Current to hear the latest research from across the region on the connection between cover crops, tile drainage and tillage timing on nutrient and sediment runoff.

Featured Speakers:
  • Nathan Nelson, Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, Kansas State University: “Using Cover Crops and Fertilizer Management to Reduce Sediment and Phosphorus Loss”
  • Steven Safferman, Associate Professor at the Department of Biosystems and
    Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University: "Adsorption of Soluble Phosphorus in Tile Drainage"
  • Francisco Arriaga, Assistant Professor and Extension Soil Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Do soil conservation practices lead to soil health and water quality improvements?”

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