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Issue No. 61 - Fall 2011

Here in the Applied Pedology research group, we focus on how land use and climate change affect, and are affected by, soil properties and processes.

Our main emphasis is on dynamics of nitrogen and carbon, which are essential for healthy, productive ecosystems, but in excess can contribute to water quality concerns and greenhouse gas emissions. One of our projects over the past several years has been examining how pulse crops (pea and lentil) in the crop rotation affect the quality of soil organic matter and the rate and timing of nitrogen mineralization.

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Issue No. 60 - Spring 2011

Needle-and-thread and chickpea are among my preferred plants. The first amazes me by its elegance, wide distribution, and by the determination of its seeds to disperse. No wonder this plant was chosen as Saskatchewan's grass emblem; Cleaning Out the it is a great success of nature.

Chickpea, in contrast, is very fragile and give producers hard time despite prayers and applications of herbicides, Wetlands as an Asset fertilizers, and on the farm p.12 up to five foliar applications of fungicides per growing to control ascochyta blight. Chickpea amazes me because I am a research scientist, and researchers love problems.

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Issue No. 59 - Winter 2011

On January 13th, members of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association from across the province will be attending our annual general meeting and conference at the Saskatoon Inn, in Saskatoon.

The conference is now a one-day event held during Crop Week We hope SSCA members and other farmers will find the conference fits their plans to attend Crop Week and the Western Canadian Crop Production Show Registration on January 13th begins at 8:00am which may accommodate those who chose to travel to Saskatoon on Thursday morning.

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