BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension is pleased to welcome Hans Klopp as a new Soil Health Field Specialist.
In his position with SDSU Extension, Klopp will inform agricultural producers about improving soil health on their operations. He will be based in the SDSU Extension Watertown Regional Center.
“I am looking forward to interacting with agricultural producers throughout South Dakota and discussing potential strategies to improve soil health,” Klopp said. “Soil health will help to sustain our agricultural soils for generations to come.”
Klopp holds a doctorate in soil science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in soil science from North Dakota State University. Before joining SDSU Extension, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at the Conservation and Production Research Laboratory in Bushland, Texas, and in the agronomy and horticulture department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also was a technician with the USDA ARS at the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, Montana.
As part of his research, Klopp has studied the effects of soil salinity (saltiness) and sodicity, the accumulation of sodium salt in proportion to other chemicals in the soil. He has also studied the effects of corn residue removal, cover crops and tillage practices on soil, and the use of non-invasive tools to estimate soil water content.
“Hans joins SDSU Extension with a strong understanding of soil physics, soil chemistry and crop production practices common to the Northern Great Plains,” said Sandy Smart, professor and SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader. “He will provide strong research-based solutions to improve soil health practices in our region.”
For more information, contact Hans Klopp, SDSU Extension Soil Health Field Specialist.
— SDSU Extension