Submitted to: Conservation Research Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 1995
Publication Date: N/A
Tillage and crop residue interact with soil and climate to affect plant growth. They do this by changing the soil moisture of the seedbed, water infiltration, water storage, evaporation, soil temperature, soil strength, and soil density. These four variables also interact to affect planter performance, including the degree of seed-soil contact and the depth and uniformity of seed placement. Tillage, residue cover, and soil type create seedbed conditions which interact with climatic conditions to influence germination, emergence, and early growth. They may affect the rate of phenologic development, stand and yield of corn.