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Randy Kolka

Randy Kolka
Investigators
Team Leader
Research Soil Scientist
USDA Forest Service
Area of Expertise: 
Soil Science, Nutrient Cycling

Mark Tomer

Mark Tomer
Investigators
Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
Area of Expertise: 
Soil and Water

Challenge #1: Soil Erosion from Agricultural Fields

Challenge #1: Soil Erosion from Agricultural Fields

Land degradation due to soil erosion

Soil erosion adversely impacts agronomic productivity. Additionally, soil erosion negatively impacts the environment, food security, and quality of life. The effects of soil erosion have both on-site and off-site impacts. For example, on-site impacts may include reduced crop yield and increased nutrient loss, while off-site impacts may include water contamination and increased food prices.

 Three reasons why soil erosion is an important issue: Read more about Challenge #1: Soil Erosion from Agricultural Fields

STRIPS in 2018: A Brief Review

December 21, 2018

The Science-based Trails of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project grew significantly in 2018 to include additional farms, institutions, and regions. The STRIPS team added a new team member to help support the expanded collaboration and welcomes Omar de Kok-Mercado as their new Project Coordinator! Omar received his B.S. degree in Agronomy and M.S. in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from Iowa State University. Read more about STRIPS in 2018: A Brief Review

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