Submitted to: Sod-Based Cropping Systems Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/20/2003
Publication Date: 2/20/2003
Citation: Franzluebbers, A.J., Wilkinson, S.R., 2003. Sod-based crop rotations in the southern piedmont: summary of history of research in watkinsville. Sod-Based Cropping Systems Conference. p. 199-212
Technical Abstract: Sod-based crop rotations have been a part of a the research history at the Southern Piedmont Conservation Research Center in Watkinsville GA. Several studies conducted from the 1940s to the 1970s have focused on one of four topics related to sod-based cropping, including (1) the effects of long rotation sequences on crop yield and soil erosion control, (2) the effects of short rotation sequences or cover crops on crop yield and soil fertility, (3) the effects of interseeding grain crops into living sods on enhancing productivity and utilizing animal manures, and (4) the effects of forage management on enhancing productivity and soil erosion control. This paper is a review of important results from this previous time so that future research can be targeted to fill gaps in our knowledge of how to sustainably manage sod-based cropping systems for high productivity and environmental quality.