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Permalink Penn State Project to Explore How Pest Management Practices Affect Soil Health

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have received a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of soils. During the three-year project, the researchers will assess the influence of perennial hay and cover crops on establishing soil quality. They then will track how soil quality and biological function are altered in a typical field-crop rotation (corn-soybean-corn) under three intensity levels of pest management: no insecticide/fungicide, preventive use of insecticide/fungicide, and Integrated Pest Management. The project also will examine how crop yield and profitability differ under the various experimental treatments. The study will be replicated at research plots in Pennsylvania and New York.

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