Activities and research
Cover crop research, extension, and demonstration activities in Indiana have included using cover crops to recycle nutrients and minimize leaching into tile drains, improve soil quality, reduce erosion, suppress pests, and improve crop yields. Farmer-initiated demonstration sites provide locations for local field days and other educational events. The Indiana NRCS has several programs to assist farmers with implementing cover crops as part of a total conservation and energy system on their farm.
Dr. Eileen J. Kladivko is Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, where she teaches and does research in soil physics, soil biology, and soil management. Her overall research focus has been to identify soil management systems that improve environmental quality and promote agricultural sustainability. Specific research areas have included the impacts of tile drainage on crop yields and nitrate losses to surface waters; the interactions of earthworms, soil management, and soil physical properties; conservation tillage and cover crops for soil quality improvement; and preferential flow of chemicals through soils.
For more information please visit: http://www.agry.purdue.edu/staffbio/ejkbio.htm
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