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Research Project: Agroecological Strategies for Balancing Tradeoffs in Organic Corn and Soybean Production

Location: Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21660-004-26-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2014
End Date: Aug 31, 2017

The objective of this project is to develop agronomic strategies that maximize profitability during the transition to an organic grain and forage crop production system.

1. Conduct multicriteria assessment of two long-term organic grain cropping system experiments and elucidate agroecological principles that maximize ecosystem services and soil health during the transition to certified organic grain crop production. 2. Initiate new coordinated, transition-to-organic field experiments at the same long-term research sites in New York and Maryland, and evaluate management strategies that improve cover crop performance and the subsequent services they provide. These experiments will also serve as living laboratories for Extension and higher education activities. 3. Coordinate cover crop interseeding demonstrations, report results and relevant findings, and integrate stakeholder input through a monitoring and evaluation program designed to capture perceptions about the project and suggestions that could increase project success.