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LSP Report LS7011

Crop Rotation Effects on Crop Yields and
Soil Properties in Southwestern Ontario



Researchers: D.S. Young and C.K. Stevenson, Principal Researchers, C.S. Baldwin and B.R. Doidge, RCAT

Funding: $280,103

Objectives

  1. To study the effects of red clover plowdowns left for various lengths of time on -
    1. succeeding yields of corn
    2. chemical and physical soil properties
    3. economics of crop production in the rotation
    4. the change in nutrients found in the soil
    5. the change in uptake of different nutrients by crops
    6. nitrogen rates to succeeding crops.
       
  2. To study the effects of different crop rotations on -
    1. succeeding crop yields
    2. chemical and physical soil properties
    3. economics of crop production with different rotations
    4. the change in nutrients in the soil
    5. the change in update of different nutrients by crops.

Expected Benefits

    The reduction of soil erosion and the benefits derived from not losing soil will maintain the surface water of the province.
  1. The use of different crop rotations which use a legume crop will decrease the need for purchased nitrogen for succeeding crops.
  2. The increase in yield of crops grown in rotation will affect the profitability of the crop which is being grown and the yield increase may represent what could be a large portion of the profit in a field.

Summary of Research Results

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1997.

 

 

 

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Created: 03-23-1996
Last Revised: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:59:15 PM