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PLANT & SOIL NUTRITION
Digging in on Soil Health
Multimillion-dollar research initiative aims to give growers
concrete advice on improving soil health
By Scott Stuntz
VGN Correspondent
Soil health has been called the " next
frontier " of agriculture, and maps for
that next frontier are being drawn by
a multimillion-dollar research project
that will take place across the country
over the next four years.
Unlike other efforts, this project is
aimed specifically at improving soil
health in growing potatoes. In addition,
the project will also specifically focus
on the economic viability of different
practices and will engage growers on
their adoption.
Carl Rosen, head and professor
of the University of Minnesota's
Department of Soil, Water and
Climate, is leading the research
project, which is funded
by an $8 million grant over four
years from the USDA's National
Institute of Food and Agriculture
(NIFA) through the Specialty Crop
Research Initiative (SCRI). The
research team involves 24 collaborators
from 10 universities consisting of
soil scientists, plant pathologists and
potato agronomists.
" We want to look at ways of providing
different tools for managing diseases,
and soil health is one way of doing that, "
Rosen said.
The objective of the research is stated
formally as establishing " physical,
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