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Ag Issues with Neil Roberts: Leo Bartolon Part 3

Nicole DesRosier
 April 21, 2022
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The Dakotan:

This is Ag Issues with Neil Roberts.

Neil Roberts:

Welcome to another edition of Ag Issues. Our guest today is NDSU's new cropping system specialist Leo Bartolon from the North Central Research Center and Leo Saline Soils Management is a topic we're going to hit today. Now, saline soils cover a lot of area in North Dakota, a lot of acres that are affected with crop production. How can we identify saline soils?

Leo Bartolon:

Here's Neil. Saline soil. This is an old topic here in North Dakota, but it's a very important we are talking about minimum $600 million in losses and crop production due to a sale in spots. So the first thing is look in your field for any low production areas, unproductive areas and do your soil test. So look at the vendors you website for information on soil test and we are soil test first.

Leo Bartolon:

Don't guess soil test and get your numbers before proceed with the management.

Neil Roberts:

Good stuff. Leo. And hey, we'll talk to management when we come back.

The Dakotan:

You're listening to Ag Issues with Neil Roberts on the Dakotan Network.

Neil Roberts:

Talking saline soils today. On Ag Issues with Leo Bartolon and Leo, How can we manage this?

Leo Bartolon:

Yes. With your soil test results in hand. Just look at the sales in perennial species, salt tolerant. So a lot of annual crops, they are not a tolerance for salts in the soil. So we typically go with a perennial. There's a group of six or seven plants to mix it up. And again, do your soil test before. Select the plants and plant as soon as soon as possible in the fall or in the spring.

Neil Roberts:

All right. Good stuff as always, Leo. Thanks for that. And that will conclude this edition. Hey, if you miss one catch up on the Website agissues.com. Until next time. I'm Neil Roberts.

The Dakotan:

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