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Farm Progress Reports

Number

RFR A1553

Farm

Ag Engineering/Agronomy, Central Iowa and BioCentury Research Farms

Department

Agronomy

Fields

Crops and Soils

Areas

Soils

Abstract

Tillage systems and crop rotation systems have significant long-term effects on soil health, productivity, and the soil quality components of soil carbon and other physical, biological, and chemical soil properties. Additionally, both tillage and crop rotation control weed and soilborne diseases. There is need for a well-defined, long-term tillage and crop rotation study across the different soil types and climate conditions in the state. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term effects of five tillage systems and crop rotations on soil productivity.

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