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Emergency Wind Erosion Control

by DeAnn Presley Edwin Brokesh Peter Tomlinson John Tatarko


If wind erosion has started, it can be reduced by mulching with manure or other anchored plant materials such as straw or hay. Mulching is most effective when applied before soil starts to move. The goal of emergency tillage is to make the soil surface rougher by producing resistant clods and surface ridges. A rough surface reduces wind speed. 4 pages.

Revision Date: Mar 2013

Management of Saline and Sodic Soils

by Dorivar A. Ruiz Diaz DeAnn Presley


This publication describes the conditions related to saline and sodic soils, the effects on plant growth, and the reclamation of those soils. 4-page.

Revision Date: Sep 2017

Low Maintenance Landscaping

by Gustaaf A. van der Hoeven Larry D. Leuthold


A manual explaining Xeriscape, imitating nature's design: putting hardy, adapted plant materials in places where they grow best. 12 p.

Published Date: Jul 1992

Liming Acid Soils

by David A. Whitney Ray E. Lamond


Most crops in Kansas do best on soils mildly acidic to slightly alkaline. Legumes are more sensitive to low pH. Soil pH indicates whether a soil should be limed.

Published Date: Mar 1993

Reclaiming Flooded Land with Tillage

by Randy R. Price G. Morgan Powell DeAnn Presley


How to deal with sand problems, shallow deposits of sand and gravel, deep deposits on flood-damaged fields. 2-page, b/w.

Revision Date: Feb 2007

Soil Compaction—Problems and Solutions

by Randal K. Taylor Ray E. Lamond Hans Kok


Soil compaction has become more of a problem in recent years due to increased equipment size and lack of crop rotations. More tillage passes may be needed to control weeds and bury residue. 4-page, 2-color.

Revision Date: Jul 1996

Phosphorus Facts— Soil, Plant, and Fertilizer

by Dorivar A. Ruiz Diaz David B. Mengel Kent L. Martin


This publication describes considerations of phosphorus fertilizer use. 8-page.

Revision Date: Jan 2011

Non-Confined Beef Cattle Feeding Sites

by Herschel George et al.


Non-confined feeding sites are used by beef cattle producers to reduce stress on cattle and allow utilization of grass, crop residue, or cover crops. This publication outlines factors to consider when planning for this type of feeding system. 4 pages, color.

Published Date: Dec 2020

Important Agricultural Soil Properties

by Danny H. Rogers Jonathan Aguilar Isaya Kisekka Philip L. Barnes Freddie R. Lamm


It is important that producers understand how soil properties influence tillage, erosion, and irrigation. This publication explains the relationship between soil properties and water availability for crop production. 8-page, color.

Published Date: Jan 2015

Impacts of No-till on Water Quality

by Philip L. Barnes Daniel L. Devlin


No-till systems reduce soil erosion and soil-attached contaminant losses compared to conventional and reduced tillage systems. Water runoff and loss of water-laden contaminants may be more or less with no-till. 4-page, color.

Published Date: Sep 2009

Urban Water Quality Best Management Practices

by Aleksey Y. Sheshukov Stacy L. Hutchinson Trisha Moore


Best management practices can help urban water quality systems retain runoff and filter pollutants. Techniques outlined here provide a brief overview of how these systems can be designed and adapted to different circumstances relevant to an urban environment. 4 pages, color.

Revision Date: Apr 2017

Effects of Conservation Practices on Water Quality: Sediment

by Kent A. McVay Daniel L. Devlin Jeffery Neel


The quality of water downstream depends on management of non-point sources within the watershed. It is important for land managers to do their part to farm in a stable system.

Published Date: Jul 2005

Suspended Solids: A Water Quality Concern for Kansas

by Daniel L. Devlin Kent A. McVay


The major source of suspended solids is cropland. Other sources include roadways, ditches, building sites, streambanks, grazinglands, livestock confinement operations, urban areas, and forestlands.

Published Date: Feb 2001

Estimating Manure Nutrient Availability

by Dale F. Leikam Ray E. Lamond


Managing manure for efficient crop production, while minimizing potential environmental concerns, is more complex than simply disposing of the manure on agricultural lands.

Published Date: Jan 2003

Water Quality Best Management Practices, Effectiveness, and Cost for Reducing Contaminant Losses from Cropland

by Peter Tomlinson


This publication lists best management practices for reducing nutrient losses from cropland. 4-page, 2-color.

Revision Date: Aug 2015

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