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Getting Started With RUSLE2 - Online Course Now Open

By cptp | 11:08 AM, 12/08/2014

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) Model is the most widely used tool for estimating soil water erosion.

In conservation planning, erosion estimates are made for an existing soil management system and compared with alternative systems and with soil loss tolerance (T) values. In addition, soil loss estimates are used to inventory natural resources, evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs and land treatment, and estimate sediment yield in watersheds.

CPTP’s online Getting Started With RUSLE2 introductory course teaches principal concepts of the soil water erosion process. Besides providing guidance for the installation and setup of RUSLE2 software and databases, it gives students an opportunity to observe the use of the software and practice using it.

This online beginner course is now open through May 30, 2015 and should take 4-6 hours to complete. Students must register for the course by April 30, 2015.

Those who took courses through CPTP’s Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI) will recognize this course as Understanding RUSLE2 Soil Loss Module.

Four Soil and Water Management Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available for those who complete the course.

All interested in exploring further concepts in conservation planning, cropping systems, energy development and conservation, software apps and online tools and soil and water management will find this course especially beneficial.