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This Statement is subject to change and was last modified on May 14, 2018.
Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the Soil Science Society of America, its staff, its members, or its advertisers. Advertisements in the publications and/or websites do not constitute an endorsement of the product. Trade names are sometimes mentioned in papers published in SSSA journals. No endorsement of those product by the publisher is intended, nor is any criticism implied of similar product not mentioned.