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From Farmer to Shrimper: The Dead Zone
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Meanwhile, individual farmers can do many things to reduce the flow of nitrogen from their land.

  • Increasingly, farmers are using soil tests and more precise application to reduce the amount of excess nutrients that end up in soil, and eventually in water.
  • Some farmers put their steepest ground to pasture, rotating livestock through paddocks based on how quickly the grass recovers. Rotational grazing helps farmers profit from perennial grass, which holds soil and water better than crops do.
  • Many farmers mix other crops, such as oats or rye, into the rotation with corn and soybeans to help hold soil and reduce the need to fertilize. Livestock must be an integral part of the operation, to make use of these crops.

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