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The Science of Soil Health: Finale, Part 1. Allan Savory Earth - A New Wild PBS. Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland. In Boise City, Oklahoma, over the catfish special at the Rockin' A Café, the old-timers in this tiny prairie town grouse about billowing dust clouds so thick they forced traffic off the highways and laid down a suffocating layer of topsoil over fields once green with young wheat.

Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland

They talk not of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but of the duster that rolled through here on April 27, clocked at 62.3 miles per hour. It was the tenth time this year that Boise City, at the western end of the Oklahoma panhandle, has endured a dust storm with gusts more than 50 miles per hour, part of a breezier weather trend in a region already known for high winds. "When people ask me if we'll have a Dust Bowl again, I tell them we're having one now," says Millard Fowler, age 101, who lunches most days at the Rockin' A with his 72-year-old son, Gary.

2015 International Year of Soils. Soil Science Society of America. Soil and Soil Dynamics. Soil Matters On the Farm. Soil Health, A Montana Perspective Video Series. This series of videos provides a Montana-focused look at the soil health topic.

Soil Health, A Montana Perspective Video Series

Many of us have heard of these ideas working in other parts of the country, but is it really possible in Montana? Principles of soil health can be adapted for use in all environments, including those found in Montana. Montana farmers and ranchers who have been using these principles to build soil health can provide a wealth of practical information to those interested in the topic. The Soil Health, A Montana Perspective series is divided into segments that can be viewed individually.

Soil Health PSA - Astronomer Dr. Laura Danly.

Topsoil loss

Soil Food Web. By Elaine R.

Soil Food Web

Ingham. Soil Biology Movies. Web Soil Survey. If you calibrate your screen resolution, the application will: indicate the current map scale in the scale dropdown, and allow you to select a particular map scale using the scale dropdown.

Web Soil Survey

If you don’t need these features, just click the Cancel button. To calculate map scale, the application needs to know your screen resolution (pixels per inch). To set pixels per inch, make the black line segment exactly one inch long: US & global maps. Learning Materials. Gabe Brown: Keys To Building a Healthy Soil. John Crawford: Healthy soil, healthy world. Soil Science Society of America. DI and PI Home. Welcome to the Michigan State University / U.S.

DI and PI Home

Forest Service Drainage Index and Productivity Index Website The uppermost part of a forest soil profile (Haplorthod) in a northern Michigan hardwood forest. This website is designed to help you calculate the Drainage Index (DI) and Productivity Index (PI) of all soils that are classified within the US system of Soil Taxonomy. These data aid in the identification of areas at risk to various forest insects and diseases because of their ability to identify regions of potential tree stress (see the 2013-2027 National Insect and Disease Forest Risk Assessment).

ProductivityIndex AAG2012. Productive Soils. Productive Soils The maintenance of naturally productive soils (e.g. soils that are chemically fertile, structurally sound and contain a high diversity and biomass of soil organisms).

Productive Soils

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Service Category Regulating Services What are productive soils and how are they derived? Different vegetation types prefer different soil types. A healthy living soil will be well aggregated and teeming with microbes. Learn Science at Scitable. Soils are dynamic and diverse natural systems that lie at the interface between earth, air, water, and life.

Learn Science at Scitable

They are critical ecosystem service providers for the sustenance of humanity. The improved conservation and management of soils is among the great challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century. Soil is a material composed of five ingredients — minerals, soil organic matter, living organisms, gas, and water. Soil: The Foundation of Agriculture. Alexandratos, N.

Soil: The Foundation of Agriculture

World food and agriculture: Outlook for the medium and longer term. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 96, 5908-5914 (1999). Bernhard, A. Common as Dirt. This year is the International Year of Soils.

Common as Dirt

This may not sound as catchy as previous international years, variously devoted to such topics as Water Cooperation, Sustainable Energy, Forests, Biodiversity, and Rapprochement of Cultures–but the truth is that the United Nations could hardly have made a better pick. Given that we can’t survive without it, it’s amazing how few of us truly appreciate dirt. Look at the way we talk about it: Dirty thoughts are reprehensible. Dirty linen is embarrassing. Dirty tricks are mean. Furthermore, for all that, there seems to be dirt all over the place, there actually isn’t all that much of it. Cut the apple in quarters and set three aside. Dirt is not only rare, but it’s complicated. The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil. We walk on it every day.

The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil

Get it under our fingernails. Track it into the house. But do we really appreciate the vital role soil plays—not just in the environment, but in human health? The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is giving soil its due. Haiti Soil. By Joel K. Bourne, Jr. Rice makes up 20 percent of the typical Haitian’s diet, and that percentage is growing. In 1981 Haiti imported 18,000 tons of rice. Now the country imports close to 400,000 tons annually.

Less than a quarter is homegrown. “Tè a fatige,” said 70 percent of Haitian farmers in a recent survey when asked about the major agricultural problems they faced. And no wonder. Our Good Earth. By Charles C. Mann. The Naked Scientists Podcast on acast. 2015 International Year of Soils. Soil Quality - Introduction to Soils — Start Farming. Soil health is the foundation of productive farming practices. Fertile soil provides essential nutrients to plants. Important physical characteristics of soil-like structures and aggregation allow water and air to infiltrate, roots to explore, and biota to thrive. Diverse and active biological communities help soil resist physical degradation and cycle nutrients at rates to meet plant needs. Soil health and soil quality are terms used interchangeably to describe soils that are not only fertile but also possess adequate physical and biological properties to “sustain productivity, maintain environmental quality and promote plant and animal health” (Doron 1994).

According to the (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service, “Soil quality is how well soil does what we want it to do.” The Science Of Soil. Nutrients For Life. Welcome to!! Permeability_and_Porosity_labs_CRF. Glyphosate, Roundup, GMOs and the microbiome part 1: crowdsourcing literature.

For many reasons I have been interested for the last few years in how agricultural practices affect microbiomes. Introduction. Introduction Name_______________________________________________ Awesome Aquifers - Science Olympiad Student Center Wiki. Awesome Aquifers is a Division B event for 2012, sponsored by the Groundwater Foundation. History. How Full Is Full? What soils are good for septic systems? Indiana septic system design, consulting Meade Septic Design Inc. Web Soil Survey - Home. Newspaper/Magazine Info-Graphics.