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Checklist for Improving Soybean Yields

This list contains management practices that are proven to contribute to high-yielding soybeans. The list is organized chronologically, beginning with the fall before the soybeans will be planted. This list can be used to identify opportunities for increasing soybean yields. 2 pp.

Cover Crop Choices for Michigan

Cover crops have many purposes, Nitrogen management, Erosion control,  mproving soil quality, Weed suppression, Insect management, Pastures, Cover crops can be established in several ways, Overseeding, Frost seeding, Drilling and planting, Aerial or highboy seeding, Managing cover crops, Identifying the best time and place for a cover crop, Cover crop solutions for challenging situations, Short time before primary crop is planted to establish a cover crop, Insufficient water, growing cover crops under cold conditions, Intermittently flooded or saturated soil, Soil pH that is too acid or too alkaline, Degraded soil that is low in fertility and organic matter

4 pages

Cover Crop Choices for Michigan

Using cover crops in farming systems is not a new practice. Before the development of manufactured fertilizers, cover crops were commonly used to improve soil structure and productivity. Recent economic and environmental concerns have fueled a resurgence in cover crop use.

Dale Mutch, Sieglinde Snapp


Feed the soil1
Tips on how to keep your soil healthy to ensure healthy plants and higher yields.

Fertilizing Soybeans in Michigan

How to achieve and maintain good soil fertility and plant nutrient management to enable soybeans to thrive. 2 pp.

Improving soil water holding capacity

Tips on how to care for your soil to ensure the best soil water holding capacity.

Optimizing Sugar Beet Production Through Soil Quality Management

Results of a sugar beet production study whose objectives were:

1. Develop Nitrogen management recommendations that maximize early season vigor,
yield, and quality by accounting for site-specific conditions; specifically by focusing on
soil testing methods. (Laboski)
2. Evaluate the effect of sugar beet cyst nematode (SBCN) trap crops on SBCN population
dynamics, soil quality, and sugar beet yield. (Bird)
3. Determine the most effective fungicide application timing and rate for control of
Rhizoctonia crown and root rot using an empirical model based on the accumulation of
soil disease severity values. (Kirk)
4. Determine how Rhizoctonia infection progresses at the cellular level and how this relates
to future opportunities for genetic intervention in limiting pathogen infection. (McGrath)
5. Demonstrate that timing herbicide application by growing degree days will reduce crop
injury, control weeds, and reduce costs; continue research with Amistar + herbicide
applications. (Sprague)
6. Extend the knowledge gained during the course of this research to sugar beet growers and
those that advise the growers such that beet production practices can be changed to
improve farm profitability. (Poindexter)

4 pp.

Organic matter amendments and the development of disease suppressive soils

Discussion of a study being performed at the University of Illinois that examines the effect of several different cropping systems and organic matter amendment applications during the three year transition from a conventional to an organic crop production system.

Pesticide-free and organic farming on the Allison farm

Description of studies that have been conducted on a historically organic and pesticide-free farm in Illinois. Western Illinois University conducted systematic sampling and characterization of the soil chemical, physical and biological properties of the soils.

Philosophies of soil management

Comparing conventional and organic philosophies of soil management and how to best meet certification guidelines for organic production.

So you want to manage soil food webs? Focus on nematodes

This article explains why and how you might use nematodes to understand how your soil is functioning. The influence of nematodes on decomposition, soil nutrient supply and population development of other biota has attracted interest in their use as indicators of soil condition.

Soil organic matter in a continuous corn cropping system

Analysis of the amount of soil organic matter in a continuous corn cropping system versus a 4-year rotation.

Soil quality, soil testing and organic standards

Discussion of soil testing and organic standards. Also includes a section on current practices.

Sustainable Crop Removal: Maintaining Soil Quality

New as of 2009

The potential effect of removing biomass from crop production field on the soils.


Sustainable Food and Farming Systems: Directory of Michigan Expertise

MSU Extension Service
Michigan State University
Extension Bulletin e2491

Issued   June 1994  28 pages  (Fil. 1)

Archive copy of bulletin. Do not use for current recommendations. For current recommendations contact your local Extension office. Michigan Offices.

Sustaining healthy soil

Discussion of how to improve and maintain soil quality in order to ensure food safety.

Time travel and soil quality: long- and short- term effects on soil

Using compost as a soil amendment in low organic matter soils

Discussion of a study which examined whether adding compost to poor quality soils would increase the soil quality and thus improve the quality and yield of crops.

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