The FFAR Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area aims to increase soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative practices that improve soil health.
This Challenge Area targets innovative research that includes, but is not limited to, promoting robust soil microbial communities, improving cover crop cultivars, developing improved agronomic practices, characterizing soil health-related ecosystem services, increasing social and economic tractability of soil health promoting practices, and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.
While FFAR will not seek to limit pre-proposals to specific target areas within soil health, we encourage applications that address the following research topics:
Available soil water holding capacity Agricultural drainage systems Soil infiltration Drought resistant soil Innovative/ alternative soil amendments Optimization of soil moisture management strategies
Deadline for the submission of the Pre-proposals: April 18, 2018 at 4:59:59 PM ET
Illustration Photo: Grain Sorghum (left) Corn (right). The border row of sorghum was killed by glyphosate used in the corn. The wheat had been harvested with a stripper header. This allows the surface residue to remain in place longer than would happen with a standard header. The snow accumulates and then melts when there is a warm spell. The melting occurs first next to the standing stalk. The repeated snow and melt cycles increased the amount of moisture that can be harvested by the standing residue. (credits: USDA NRCS South Dakota / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))