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Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Biologically based fertilizer recommendations to meet yield expectations and preserve water quality

Location: Plant Science Research

Project Number: 6070-11000-009-02-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2013
End Date: Aug 31, 2018

Develop a practical decision support system to improve N fertilizer recommendations for corn in the Chesapeake Bay and Albemarle-Pamlico Sound Watersheds based on a biologically based soil test that can predict N mineralized from SOM during the growing season and from rapidly decomposable substrates supplied prior to the growing season (e.g. cover crops, previous crop residues, manure additions, etc.).

Research will evaluate N supplied to corn in field experiments in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and in greenhouse and laboratory investigations in North Carolina. Crop yield responses will be evaluated with pre-season flush of CO2, permanganate oxidizable C, pre-sidedress nitrate test, and end-of-season basal stalk nitrate test.

Last Modified: 09/20/2017
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