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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: REGIONAL BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK PARTNERSHIP

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 8070-21000-007-08
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Apr 01, 2008
End Date: Sep 30, 2012

Objective:
Determine the amount of corn stover residue needed to maintain soil C content (soil quality) and crop productivity.

Approach:
The core, multi-location field experiment will include replicated plots established on a highly productive soil series using no tillage continuous corn and no tillage corn/soybean with rye cover crop rotation following standard agronomic management practices. The corn stover harvest treatments will consist of 0, ~50, and maximum possible residue removal. Corn will be grown using standard commercial practices including pre-emergence herbicides, NPK fertilization and insecticides as necessary. Soybeans will be grown using standard no-till commercial practices with post-emergent herbicides and insecticides as necessary.

Last Modified: 10/26/2014
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