Integrating Side-Dressing and Interseeding for Reduced Nitrate Loss and Soil Erosion

Dan Coffman and Lee Thompson

The objective of this project is to improve soil health, reduce soil erosion and reduce nitrate loss while utilizing a side-dress nitrogen application and simultaneous inter-seeding of a cover crop. This farm has utilized conventional tillage for many years and applied nitrogen fertilizer prior to spring planting. Questions of sustainability of the current management system drive the investigation for better/newer practices. This project will integrate side-dress nitrogen during the growing season with interseeding cover crops.