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Alfalfa

How to Select an Alfalfa Variety

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Also known as the “Queen of Forages,” alfalfa is the fourth-leading crop in the United States. Coming in behind corn, wheat, soybeans, and cotton, alfalfa is extremely popular thanks to its high-yielding capabilities, excellent establishment, and pest-resistance. But this should all be taken with a grain of salt: Not every alfalfa variety can produce at […] Read More >
Nitrogen Fixation, Native Legumes

Native Legumes and Nitrogen Fixers to Plant in 2020

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As food demand grows, progress in nitrogen-fixation could not only lead us to more productive plants with higher yields, they can also eventually eliminate chemical fertilizers. This is good news for an already-strained ecosystem that is seeing the effects of the overuse of chemical fertilizers. This includes fertilizer runoff pollution, algal blooms, marine life suffocation, […]

Reclamation, Revegetation, Erosion Control

How to Stop a Ditch From Eroding

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Open drainage ditches are a long-standing, reliable, and natural method of draining and diverting water from low-lying areas or the sides of roads. Ditches can also help to channel water from distant sources towards fields for more innovative plant irrigation. However, there are many cases where ditches are left unmaintained on a piece of property […]

Erosion Control, Straw Wattles

How to Install Straw Wattles

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Soil erosion is often caused by strong winds and heavy rainfall—and although these are natural processes, erosion remains one of the most threatening phenomena to the environment. Soil erosion is the process of displacing the most fertile layer of topsoil. This directly affects habitats, environments, and overall ground health. Today, the condition of growable, arable […]

Erosion Control, Soil Deterioration

What is Soil Deterioration

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Did you know that it can take up to 1,000 years for the earth to produce just three centimeters of soil? For fertile soil to form, the land has to accumulate enough parent material, which is a type of deposit on the earth’s surface. Usually, soil is the result of weathered bedrock and smaller materials […]

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