Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Has Solutions to Fix Soil Erosion

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Soil erosion is the leading cause of soil degradation in potato production in New Brunswick.

Even if this is the time of year when farmers discover erosion in their fields due to spring run-off, a study completed last year by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist Sheng Li shows spring run-off is only part of the soil loss problem.

Due to the climate, rolling topography and coarse-textured soils, together with the intensive tillage associated with potato production, potato fields are subject to severe water and tillage erosion. Fortunately enough, there are beneficial management practices available to protect soil.

"Water and tillage erosion work together to accelerate soil erosion and nutrient losses on agricultural land. The damage caused by water erosion is well known because the evidence of water erosion is easy to see, rills (very shallow channels) and gullies in the fields, for example. However, rarely do people know that tillage alone can create soil loss on some spots and in many cases is the major reason for eroded soil in the fields."

- Sheng Li, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Potato Research Centre

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Gully erosion
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Snow melt erosion

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