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Multi-state study examines how cover crops termination affects plant pests

alison robertson

A multi-state experiment that recently received a major grant will examine how planting cover crops on farm fields affects plant disease, pests and weeds. Alison Robertson, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State University, will lead a portion of the experiments as part of a much larger project awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department ... Read More »

Corn Yield Losses On Fallow Fields Offset By Fungi On Cover Crop Roots

fallow syndrome in corn

A cover crop planted this fall on land flooded without a crop this year does more than control erosion and weeds. Fall-seeded cover crops can boost corn yields next season. A beneficial soil-borne fungus in healthy soil needs roots to survive in fallow years. Without the micro-fungus, fallow field syndrome could cut corn yields next season, says Greg Luce, University ... Read More »