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Iowa State University

Soybean

Plant Sciences

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

2019

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Studies On The Impact Of Cover Crops On Soybean Productivity And Root Diseases, Grazieli Da Araldi Da Silva Jan 2019

Studies On The Impact Of Cover Crops On Soybean Productivity And Root Diseases, Grazieli Da Araldi Da Silva

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Soybean (Glycine max L.) and corn (Zea mays L.) are the two main field crops grown in the Midwest, and they are usually used in a rotation system (FAOSTAT, 2018). This cropping system contributes to the elevated nitrate levels found in the surface waters in the Midwest (David et al., 1997; Dinnes et al., 2002), along with higher risk of soil erosion (Pimentel et al., 1995) and loss of nutrients and organic matter (Burkart and James, 1999; David and Gentry, 2000). Cover crops, grown between soybean or corn harvest in the fall and planting of the subsequent crop in the ...