In 2014, UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops & Soils Program initiated a trial at Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh, VT to assess the impact of corn cropping systems on overall health and productivity of the crop and soil. Yields are important, and they affect the bottom line immediately and obviously. Management choices involving crop rotation, tillage, nutrient management, and cover crops also make differences in the long term. Growing corn with practices that enhance soil quality and crop yields improves farm resiliency to both economics and the environment. This project evaluated yield and soil health effects of five different corn rotations: continuous corn, no-till, corn planted after perennial forage, corn planted after a cover crop of winter rye, and a perennial forage fescue.
Vermont, University of Vermont
Darby, Heather; Ruhl, Lindsey; Cummings, Erica; Monahan, Susan; Post, Julian; and Zeigler, Sara, "Corn Cropping Systems to Improve Economic and Environmental Health" (2014). Northwest Crops & Soils Program. 175.