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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INCREASING SOYBEAN PRODUCTIVITY WHILE IMPROVING SOIL QUALITY AND MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE

Location: National Soil Erosion Research Lab

Project Number: 3602-12000-013-02
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2011
End Date: Jan 31, 2014

Objective:
This research develops sustainable farming systems that will enhance (i) soil quality, (ii) soybean yield and yield stability under environmental and biotic stresses, and (iii) environmental quality and sutainability; and that will accommodate expected climate variability.

Approach:
We propose to conduct studies in several locations in the U.S. to (i) develop best management practices that include no-till, cover crops, crop rotations, gypsum, and reduced levels of mineral fertilizers; (ii) characterize their effectiveness in improving soil and crop productivity, and carbon sequestration and in reducing green house gases and pollutant load to the environment; (iii) analyze the cost and benefits of the system that includes the increased yield, reduced input, and enhanced environmental quality and sustainability; and (iv) develop education and outreach program for sharing knowledge and understanding of climate change to youth and adults that results in adaptation of management technology and practices that increase soybean productivity while maintaining environmental sustainability.

Last Modified: 9/23/2014
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