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March 25, 2010

New Extension publications now available online

Recent Cooperative Extension publications are now available online, at the links listed below. For more information, visit Extension’s educational resources database: www.ces.ncsu.edu/xrdb/

The Pour-Through Extraction Procedure: A Nutrient Management Tool for Nursery Crops (AG-717W)
By routinely measuring the electrical conductivity (EC) and pH of growing media and irrigation water for container-grown nursery crops, growers can monitor nutrient availability and scout for problems. Learn how to use the pour-through extraction procedures as part of your nursery's quality control program.

Forage Legume Inoculation (AG-719W)
Rhizobia are bacteria that add nitrogen to a forage system by forming a special association with legume roots. Inoculation of legume seeds ensures that the correct bacteria are available to form active nitrogen fixing nodules on the legume roots. This publication explains the proper way to inoculate legume seeds with rhizobia so seeded stands will be well-nodulated and add nitrogen to the forage system.

Checking Forage Legume Nodulation (AG-720W)
Legume nodulation is essential for nitrogen fixation—the biological process that adds nitrogen to the forage system. Inoculation of legume seeds assures that the correct bacteria are available to form the nodules on the legume roots. This guide describes how to check nodulation on legume roots and what to do if roots are not nodulated properly.

Baseball Field Layout and Construction (AG-725W)
If you know a few basics and have some appropriate tools, you can build your own baseball field. These illustrated instructions can be used to set up a baseball field on a relatively level, open area of ground.

Maximizing the Durability of Athletic Fields (AG-726W)

Durable athletic fields begin with sound construction and careful planning. Good management practices can increase a field's durability. The basic concepts presented in this guide can help field managers extend the usability of athletic fields.

Managing Equipment Traffic to Limit Soil Compaction (AG-439-72W)
Most soil compaction from equipment traffic occurs where tires contact soil during the first pass over soil. Farmers can reduce compaction by limiting traffic to interrows that have already been trafficked. The authors report their research on traffic patterns and recommend ways that farmers can manage field traffic to limit soil compaction.

Posted by Natalie at March 25, 2010 10:30 AM