Effect of Cover Cropping Systems on Dryland Soybean Plant-vigor, Growth, and Yield
Sustainable Production
AgricultureField management
Lead Principal Investigator:
Mark Shankle, Mississippi State University
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Brief Project Summary:

How do agronomic system changes impact crop yields, soil properties and profitability? This long-term research project tackled these big questions in dryland soybeans. Awareness of soil as a living ecosystem is increasing, sparking interest in fall cover crops, no-tilling cash crops and applying organic fertilizer as an alternative to commercial inorganic fertilizer. This complex study to look at how multiple practices work together in a system included five cover crop options, three fertilizer treatments and two soybean planting dates. For five years, the team has gathered plot data, including soil characteristics and yield.

Key Benefactors:
farmers, agronomists

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The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.