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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Jun 16, 2023

“Transitioning from conventional to cover crop systems with minimum tillage does not alter nutrient loading” with Drs. Joby Czarnecki and Beth Baker of Mississippi State University

Cover crops are often lauded as agricultural heroes boasting of a variety of ecosystems services and benefits to farmers and the world. But are these crops always the best option and do they always provide benefits wherever they go? In this episode, Joby and Beth join us for a more nuanced look at the benefits of cover crops and how research can make sure farmers are really applying the best strategies for their farms.

Tune in to learn:

·        Which environmental factors can undercut conservation practices

·        What trade-offs can exist when adding cover crops to an optimized system

·        How cover crops affected water quality in the study

·        What factors farmers should consider when introducing cover crops

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