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ISSUE DATE: 07/27/2009

Setting benchmarks for soil quality

What is soil quality?

What impact do specific farming practices have on soil quality?

Are we improving soil quality on our farms and ranches?

What is the difference in soil quality on native pasture and crop ground?

These are a few of the questions that DeAnn Presley and Lyle Frees are attempting to answer with the soil quality study they began last November. Presley is an assistant professor of environmental soil science at Kansas State University and Frees is a USDA-NRCS water quality specialist.


NEWS

A week of firsts
AFBF urges tax code changes
AFBF: It's time to implement the farm bill
AFR opposes Senate version Clean Water Restoration Act
Agriculture can do the job
Ethanol blend level may climb in Kansas
Experts say wind energy key to Oklahoma economy
FAPC-OSU student wins first place in IFT competition
Iowa State researchers contribute climate model to study that finds some winds decreasing
July gardening tasks
Key farm-state lawmaker supports climate bill
Moran announces disaster declaration granted for Kansas
More see value in joining ICA
MU Greenley Center field day set
National Animal Identification System not supported by Congress
National cattlemen committed to producing high quality beef
'Navigable' may be deleted from Clean Water Act
NCBA Cattlemen to Cattlemen returns to RFD-TV
NCBA opposes food safety legislation
New Mexico proposes special designation for waterways
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Executive Director announces retirement
Oklahoma Farm Bureau executive director steps down
Pesticide regulations
Program pays Kansas producers for losses
Rising cost of healthcare
Rural policy commission members named
Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack names Jerold R. Mande as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
Setting benchmarks for soil quality
Summer markets changing with season
Texas Ag Forum addresses future climate change policy
The three P's for business success
Top 40 bull riders in the world return to Bozeman for one night
Tuberculosis threatens Nebraska beef industryf
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
Vilsack names Murphy Administrator of RMA
Visitors center planned for Missouri wind farm
Wheat growers to share success at 2009 Profit Maximizer Summit

CROPS

"The Race for 100" entry deadline approaches
2009 crop year uniform grain and rice storage agreement policy part of amendment
African agricultural professionals to be linked through grant At Iowa State University
ARS releases new leaf lettuce breeding lines
Berthoud family grows Coors' special barley
Both state, farm triggers must be met for ACRE payment
Classes offered for new landowners
Controlling sericea lespedeza
Corn producers launch 'Sustaining Innovation' campaign
Corn, dry bean producers should watch for cutworms
Droughts, frosts slash Brazil harvest
Experiencing the color green
Fruit with bacterial spot not pretty, but safe to eat
FSA reminds producers farm stored grain condition must be maintained
Hay trading very light
Kansas Wheat conference date set
Kansas wheat launches wheat yield contest for 2010
K-State researcher studies anti-cancer capabilities of a special purple sweet potato
K-State, OSU will team with canola producers, agribusiness on conference
K-State's Grain Science Department introduces wheat harvest survey mapping tool
Louisiana farmers struggle with dry conditions
Meet our crew from South Africa
Meeting up with the Zeorians
Midsummer Crop Diagnostic Clinics offered near Mead
Milkweed: From floss to fun in the sun
Most hay prices steady
NAP application closing date for crops
NSP mourns the loss of Jack Eberspacher
Picnic food safety greater concern in hot weather
Researchers identify inhibitor that controls fungal pathogen
Roundup Ready beet research draws interest
Saving seed in tough times
Soybean Checkoff seeks review of international marketing efforts
Specialty crops deadline nears
Stiles Farm Field Day: Producers learn to cope with dry conditions, manage input costs
Wet, soggy spring hurts Colorado hay harvest
Wheat harvesting becomes way of life
Wheat prices higher, corn trade light

LIVESTOCK

2009 Missouri Beef Tour date set
Ag engineer: Animal manure management could go 'green'
AGJA national show sets records
Animal science students receive scholarships from Southwest Meat Association
Bad economy causes increase of cattle rustling
Beef Checkoff Program receives large returns
Belgian horses help landowner restore prairie
Bronze and Silver Pins awarded to Cody Smith
Canada requests review of South Korea's beef ban
Cattle test negative for TB
Cattlemen say bison ranch owner has a lot to learn
CCA recognizes outstanding individuals
Champions named at Gelbvieh Junior Regional Show
Chicken farmers feel threatened by Oklahoma suit
Dairy graziers cut costs
FWP seeks to relocate quarantined bison
Herman, Sims grab bull titles at Hereford Junior Nationals
Ingalls man sentenced for cattle theft
Iowa family: Robotic milker lets them leave farm
KLA young stockmen's academy tours western Kansas
Lamb purchase invite announced
Montana declared free of livestock disease
Montana, national livestock groups denounce "cash-for-grass" pitch by wildlife groups
More women run their own farms
National Junior Hereford Association elects new officer team
NCBA members vote on policies to address cattle industry challenges
Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition launches Rangeland Monitoring Program
Oklahoma Stockyards remain open for business
Poultry judge gives tips at fair
Producers compensated for livestock losses
R-CALF meets with trade team
Red Angus feeder calf tag sale hit record month
Register now to attend Aug. 13, 14 Master Cattleman Summit
Ruth awarded Simmental Silver Merit Award
Sheep shearing contest held to build interest
South Dakota feedlot expansion plans on hold
Suit: Boy was sickened by JBS Swift beef
Symposium set to examine beef industry's future
Tucker receives titles at Hereford Junior National
Tyson reduces sow production
U.S. dairies make progress in production
UNL names new head for Department of Animal Science
Vickland, Barber top Junior National Hereford Steer show

EDITOR

A leg up
Reader hopes common sense prevails on carbon bill
Subscriber agrees with response to Root column
Web comments

COLUMNS

But they are good for you
Chain Loop Conveyors
Cob Harvester
Combine leveling system available
Dairy producers offered new vaccine
Frontier SB3108 Sickle-Bar Mower
Just a Scoop full
Summer development
Thank you, Uncle Walter

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Cool wet weather slows crop progress
Corn beginning to tassel
Dalhart cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Favorable crop conditions seen
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain market close
Hail damages crops
Harvest reaches 96 percent completion
Harvest to begin soon
Hay trading is slow
High Plains slaughter news
High temperatures stress fall crop preparation
Joplin livestock auction report
McAlester livestock sales report
Newell sheep sales report
No break in hot, dry weather
North Arkansas livestock sales
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Record low temperatures sweep across Iowa
Salina cattle auction report
SC Direct sheep sales report
Showers sweep through northwest areas
Sioux Falls sheep sales
Small grains heading in good condition
Some producers starting fall planting prep
Soybeans end day lower
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock sales report
Storms cause some crop damage
Storms, rain hinder some crops
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Western counties fight wheat scab
Wet weather slows crop progress
Wheat harvest begins
Wheat harvest halfway complete
Wheat harvest in full swing
Wheat harvest nearly complete
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Wyobraska cattle sales report

FAMILY

Burrows full of accommodating luxury
Check yards and gardens for grasshopper injury
Helpful household hints
Meditation for 7-27-09
Never fail recipes for beginners
Parenting during tough economic times
Summer fit foods
Teachers learn ways to bring agriculture to the classroom
Top five indoor activities for a gardener
USDA Master Gardeners available to help Americans grow safe, healthy food throughout the country

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