Location: Soil Drainage Research
Project Number: 5080-13000-010-25-A
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: May 15, 2013
End Date: Dec 31, 2013
To develop a novel management system based on holistic approaches which include no-tillage, cover crop and gypsum soil amendment to enhance crop productivity and environmental sustainability of marginal soils for U.S soybean farmers.
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 maintain environmental sustainability. Cooperator will act as consultant on the project as a whole and will assist with data interpretation, development of educational materials, preparation and submission of quarterly and annual reports, and collaborator communications.