Conservation Practices for Pumpkin Production Benefit Soil Health

Research conducted in Kansas and published in Soil Science Society of America Journal showed that using conservation practices like cover crops and reduced tillage in pumpkin production improved soil health over conventional production. The study evaluated annually tilled pumpkins with cover crops of rye, oats, and a rye mix and a biannually tilled system. Researchers noted an improvement in total soil aggregation with these systems. “We conclude that the use of less tillage and a cover crop in a conservation system is generally beneficial as compared to a conventional system. This study illustrates the potential for improving some soil health parameters in as little as two years,” said researcher Peter Tomlinson.