First year of soil-health research project begins

Mower SWCD leads effort with support from Riverland, Hormel Foundation

Students from University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-River Falls conduct soil-health research June 13 in a Mower County farm field near Elkton. The work is being led by Mower Soil & Water Conservation District under a grant awarded by The Hormel Foundation. Riverland Community College’s new Center of Agriculture and Food Science Technology also is supporting the work, including by providing its new soils lab for the project.
College students work June 12 in Riverland Community College’s new soil lab in Austin on soil samples taken this spring from Mower County farm fields.
Mower SWCD soil scientist Steve Lawler speaks June 13 in Riverland’s new soils lab at a reception for the start of his three-year soil-health research project.
Riverland President Adenuga Atewologun, Ph.D.
Luke Risius (left), a Riverland agriculture student working for Mower SWCD as a Conservation Corps summer apprentice, works with other college students June 13 near Elkton in Mower County.
Soil samples are dried by a fan in Riverland’s new soils lab at its Austin-West Campus facility.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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