Episode 180. Meet the Subsurfer

In this episode, Nina Prater, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s southeast office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks with Dr. Phillip Owens and Dr. Amanda Ashworth about a new piece of farm technology called a subsurfer.

Dr. Owens is research leader with the Dale Bumpers Small-Farm Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas, and Dr. Ashworth is a research soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

The subsurfer inserts dry poultry litter into the soil without tilling the soil. It was originally designed for use in pastures, but Dr. Ashworth has been conducting research on the use of this technology in organic edamame and sweet corn production.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Arsenic in Poultry Litter: Organic Regulations

Edamame: Vegetable Soybean

Sweet Corn: Organic Production

Nutrient Cycling in Pastures

Other Resources:

Effect of Seeding Distance from Subsurface Banded Poultry Litter on Corn Yield and Leaf Greenness

The Subsurfer

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