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Salt Levels Increasing in ND Soils

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        Our wet weather is taking it's toll on many acres across the state.
    Naeem Kalwar is an NDSU Extension Specialist in Langdon.


    Kalwar says our wet weather has increased both sodium and salt levels in the soil.
    He says 5.8 million acres in North Dakota were affected by soil salinity in 2000.
    He says that number has continued to increase over the past 14 years.
    A white, salt crust on the soil surface is often the most common symptom, as well as stunted plant growth.
    Kalwar says leaving the soil bare will only make the problem worse.

(Naeem Kalwar / NDSU Area Extension Specialist) "There are some grasses that are salt tolerant, we can plant those grasses. But, mostly we have to manage our ground water levels because salts can only leach down into the soils. So we have to manage that."

    Kalwar recommends producers have their soil samples tested for both salt and sodium levels.
    He says recovery time depends on the severity of the problem.

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