Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm

Quantifying Nitrogen Scavenging Benefits of Cover Crops in the Mississippi River Basin

Authors: Ajay Nair (Iowa State University) , Vince Lawson (Iowa State University)

  • Quantifying Nitrogen Scavenging Benefits of Cover Crops in the Mississippi River Basin

    Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm

    Quantifying Nitrogen Scavenging Benefits of Cover Crops in the Mississippi River Basin

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Abstract

The sandy soils of Muscatine County, Iowa, are prone to erosion and leaching. In the fall, leftover fertilizer applied to the corn and soybean crop is highly susceptible to leaching. Cover crops have been widely acclaimed to mitigate such issues as they prevent erosion and scavenge residual nitrogen. Although these attributes are widely known, adoption of cover crops has been slow. Information on cover crop planting dates, performance, and advantages are available, but few data are available that is applicable to Iowa soils and growing conditions.

Keywords: Horticulture

How to Cite:

Nair, A. & Lawson, V., (2015) “Quantifying Nitrogen Scavenging Benefits of Cover Crops in the Mississippi River Basin”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2014(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2015
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