Start Date: Oct 01, 2008
End Date: Sep 30, 2011
Field-scale studies will be conducted in cooperation with producers, agencies (federal, state, and local), agribusiness interests, and University colleagues to address issues related to understanding and managing soil microbial processes affecting nutrient availability, plant growth, and soil organic matter dynamics. A team approach will be used to evaluate processes involving plant, residue, and soil components of the agroecosystem. Management and decision aids for producers and land managers will be developed for nutrient management, tillage, and residue retention rates. Research will involve stakeholder input to insure critical issues are addressed and products and technologies are developed in a timely manner. University employees (UNL) will provide some of the labor depending on the nature of the study. Projects are jointly planned with University scientists and producers.