Soil quality on Georgia’s farms: implications for water quality
Dean, James E.
Julia W. Gaskin, Julia W.
Byrd, Rebecca E.
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Many Georgia farmers have reported noticeable soil quality improvements in their crop fields after several years of continuous conservation tillage. The farmers state that their soils are becoming richer in soil organic matter, resulting in less runoff, soil erosion, and sedimentation. There is little on-farm data available in Georgia to document soil quality differences in fields under long-term conservation tillage as compared with those being farmed with conventional tillage. The Georgia Soil Management Team was formed to collect on-farm data and to educate farmers, agricultural professionals, and others on the effects of management on soil quality and water quality.