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On-Farm Cover Crop Trials

Authors: Jim Fawcett (Iowa State University) , Tyler Mitchell (Iowa State University) , Jim Rogers (Iowa State University) , Lyle T. Rossiter (Iowa State University)

  • On-Farm Cover Crop Trials

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    On-Farm Cover Crop Trials

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Abstract

Cover crops can benefit farmers by aiding in soil erosion control, increasing organic matter in the soil, and reducing nitrate losses into the surface waters. Cover crops also have been promoted to alleviate soil compaction and improve soil drainage. Cover crops are an important practice in meeting Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy goals. However, some research has indicated that planting corn following a rye cover crop can result in corn grain yield reduction, especially if the cover crop is not killed at least two weeks prior to planting the corn. The objective of these trials was to evaluate whether a cover crop would affect corn and soybean yield.

How to Cite:

Fawcett, J. & Mitchell, T. & Rogers, J. & Rossiter, L. T., (2017) “On-Farm Cover Crop Trials”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2016(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed