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NRCS Chief holds water quality briefing

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White held a briefing, Tuesday, October 9, on two major water quality initiatives led by the agency.  Both are designed to improve water quality in the nation’s agricultural heartland. Download the meeting agenda. (pdf) Download a PowerPoint presentation from the briefing (pdf) The first is an update on a national effort to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural...

Nixing nitrate flow from the farm

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published an article in its Agricultural Research magazine on the issues involved in the management of drainage waters from agricultural land, as well as practices that are utilized to address these issues. The effect of bioreactors on the denitrification of water is highlighted. The success of this practice, documented in a 2010 study, led Agriculture’s Clean Water...

NRCS releases maps of cropland suitable for draina...

The maps linked below represent the acres identified as being suitable for drainage water management based on the following – the soil map unit designated on the map has over 40% of its soil inclusions that meet the following criteria; 1)     The soil map unit’s representative slope is <= 1% 2)     The map unit is hydric 3)     Sometime during the growing season the depth to water table is < 18” The...