Research and Demonstration:
Crops. Scientists study fertilizer requirements of corn and soybeans in different crop rotations and corn yields under various planting and fertilization rates and moisture conditions.
Tillage. Researchers compare ridge-till, no-till and conventional tillage methods to determine the effects on crop yield, pest control and soil compaction. Plots are used to study the effects of tillage and manure application on runoff water quality.
Soils. Researchers assess soil fertility and management systems. Agronomists evaluate nutrient requirements of area crops and apply nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime to observe crop yield response. Ag engineers study water quality using an intensively instrumented set of plots and drain tiles.
The farm is the hub of an on-farm research program that conducts research projects in local farmers’ fields.