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Soybean Tillage Comparison

This project, funded by the ND Soybean Commission, compares soil conditions, and soybean plant growth, development and yield in previous year’s wheat and corn stubble fields under strip till, conventional till, and no-till. The site is located near Jamestown in central North Dakota.

Electronic sensors monitor soil conditions in strip tilled rows, between the strip tilled rows, and in no-tilled sections of the field. Other sensors monitor leaf wetness, rainfall, wind speed, relative humidity, and light intensity in only one location.

The purpose of this project is to monitor conditions and soybean performance under no-till, strip till, and conventional tillage systems.

Cellular technology transfers the data to a computer allowing the information to be displayed the field data real-time on the Internet throughout the project period.

The soybean fields will be harvested with a combine equipped with a yield monitor. Investigators will use geographic information system computer programs to compare the soybean yields between tillage systems on both fields.

         NDSU Soybean Tillage Comparision

 Strip Till in Tall Wheat Stubble

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