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Research Project: Sampling For Root-Zone Enrichment of Soil Organic Matter

Location: Plant Science Research

Project Number: 6070-21600-001-004-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2022
End Date: Oct 1, 2026

Collect soil from conservation-oriented farms in South Carolina to support calculations of root-zone enrichment of soil organic C and N fractions. This objective will help fulfill our research needs to develop improved understanding of conservation agricultural management and make recommendations for climate-resilient forages and crops.

Work with private land owners to identify suitable farms having implemented conservation practices over a number of years. Arrange for collection of soil at multiple soil depths so that samples can be analyzed for soil organic C and N fractions for calculation of root-zone enrichment. A total of 10 farms with a minimum of 3 fields per farm are expected be sampled yearly over a 5-year period.