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Research Project: Long-term Oil Seed Production Influence Soil Quality and Carbon Content in Dryland Cropping System

Location: Water Management and Systems Research

Project Number: 3012-13660-010-010-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 31, 2022
End Date: Mar 30, 2027

1. Long-term influence of different oil seed crops on soil Health parameters and soil C dynamics. 2. Long-term tillage and cropping system impact on soil quality parameters.

Field plots experiment was initiated in 2004 to investigate the effects of oil seed production (Canola and soybean) in rotation with wheat, corn, and follow cropping system. Tillage practices (no-tillage and conventional tillage) were also included with wheat, and fallow systems. The experiment is arranged in a randomized complete block design with four replications. Soil samples were collected to evaluate changes in quality parameters influenced by tillage and cropping system. The USDA-ARS scientist will quantify some aspect of soil quality parameters (such as aggregate and POM) and soil carbon content.