2009 Annual Report
2) Define and establish field experiment (specific to candidate locations for biomass ethanol plants) to assessing the impact of corn residue removal on future crop yield and soil quality.
Objective 2: Plan, design, and implement long-term experiments to verify the analyses conducted and reported under Objective 1. These studies will be composed of new experiments or modified existing experiments, depending on location, factors under investigation, and historical and current data collection schedules and procedures.
The two objectives for this project have been accomplished. Two manuscripts have been published regarding the impact of corn residue removal on soil quality. A number of long-term experiments have been identified and several new field experiments have been initiated to assess the impact of corn residue removal on crop yield and soil quality. These experiments are now part of the Renewable Energy Assessment Project (REAP) multi-location project. ADODR monitoring was conducted via phone calls and e-mail.