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Supporting Soil Health with Cover Crops in California

Intensive agricultural systems in California make cover crop selection for supporting soil health challenging. The USDA-NRCS Lockeford Plant Materials Center develops information on cover crop selection and best management practices for partners and landowners.

Sunn Hemp and Red Hemp as a Cover Crop in South Louisiana

The USDA-NRCS Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center evaluated two species of Crotalaria adaptable to southern Louisiana.  Sunn Hemp and Red Hemp exhibited similar growth characteristics in normal rainfall years, but Red Hemp out performed Sunn Hemp in water logged conditions.

Northwestern PMCs Tackle Salt-Affected Soils

Salt-affected soils represent thousands of acres and millions of dollars in lost revenue in the northwestern United States. PMCs throughout the northwest are taking on this challenge by developing salt-tolerant plant releases that are better adapted to these harsh environments.

NRCS Plant Guides Help Landowners With Their Planting Projects

Plant Guides provide valuable information to conservation planners, researchers, and others using plants in natural resource conservation projects. Over 500 plant guides are available through the NRCS PLANTS Database.

Establishing Gliricidia Trees

Establishing trees in and arid environment has proven to be a challenge in the Pacific Islands Area. The USDA-NRCS Hoolehua Plant Materials Center in working to develop an establishment technique for Gliricidia sepium to be utilized in agro-forestry practices.


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