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Soybeans Planted into Winter Wheat Stubble

File Type jpg | Picture Size 2550 x 1913


Biological activity helps winter wheat residue decompose to become precious organic matter that helps plants grow. Years of managing soil for residue and to improve its quality allowed organic matter to build up making the darker color near the surface.


A no-till field since 1990, this field has excellent organic matter under a corn-corn-broadleaf-wheat-broadleaf rotation for the last 10 years. 2011 was winter wheat

Soils - Maryland

The Maryland soils team provides scientifically defensible and timely delivery of technical soils information to internal and external partners to meet their ever-changing resource challenges. Accurate soils information is the foundation for the work of NRCS and many partners.

Technical Soil Sciences (TSS)

Maryland's soils staff provide Technical Soil Services (TSS) to assist landowners, partners, and resource managers in using soils information from the soil survey or conducting site specific investigation to more accurately define the types of soil on their farms for specific land uses.

Requests range from onsite geo-technical investigations for agricultural structures and best management practices to environmental compliance requirements associated with Farm Bill Programs.

Animal Mortality Facility

Handling the Pandemic's Impact on DE and MD Farms

NRCS provides resources available to farming operations who are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Soils

A state soil is represented by a soil series that has special significance to a particular state. Each state in the United States has selected a state soil, many of which have been legislatively established. These "Official State Soils" share the same level of distinction as official state flowers and birds.

Sassafras - Maryland State Soil

Sunnyside - District of Columbia State Soil

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