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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


item Carter, David

Submitted to: Idaho Winter Commodity School Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/20/1993
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Technical Abstract: For many years a common practice has been to grow beans following alfalfa. This practice results in excessive irrigation-induced erosion and a high potential for nitrate leaching. Research results have shown that a better practice is to grow no-till corn and/or cereal the first two seasons following alfalfa, and then grow beans using reduced tillage practices. Applying these research results reduces irrigation-induced erosion more than 80% over the crop rotation cycle, significantly reduces the potential for nitrate leaching, reduces nitrogen fertilizer requirements and costs, and increases farmer net income $50 to $100 per acre each year.

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