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Residue Decomposition: A Review of the First Four Years of Results

The litter bag study was initiated in 1993 on the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST). The objectives of this study were to characterize the influence of crop rotation on residue decomposition. In collaboration with the team entomologists, the role of macro- and meso- invertebrates in the decomposition process were also monitored. This latter [...] More »

Residue Decomposition: A Review of the First Three Years of Results

The litter bag study was initiated in 1993 on WICST. The objectives of this study are to characterize the influence of crop rotation on residue decomposition.  In collaboration with the team Entomologists, the role of macro- and meso-invertebrates in the decomposition process were also monitored.  This latter objective was accomplised using litter bags with different [...] More »

Residue Decomposition and Associated Invertebrates: 1994 Results

The objectives of this study are to characterize the influence of crop rotation on residue decomposition, and to document the role of macro- and meso-invertebrates in the decomposition process. The latter was accomplished using litter bags with different pore sizes to isolate the influence of microorganisms and soil fauna in the decomposition process. Authors: Dave [...] More »

Residue Decomposition Following Corn in Three Cropping Systems: 1993 Results

To characterize the influence of crop rotation on residue decomposition, a litter bag study was initiated on WICST during 1993.  It has been suggested that enhanced efficiency of lower input systems is due to increased soil biological activity resulting in a more rapid decomposition of residue and improved nutrient retention.  Our hypothesis was that the [...] More »