- Vegetables: lentils, turnips
- Crop Production: cover crops, no-till, nutrient cycling, tissue analysis
- Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, workshop
- Natural Resources/Environment: carbon sequestration
- Pest Management: allelopathy, mulches - living
- Soil Management: earthworms, soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, organic matter, soil physics, soil quality/health
Late summer cover crops will be utilized to compete against weeds, scavenge mineral N, fix atmospheric N, enhance biological activity and increase crop residue on the soil surface in a no-tillage cropping system. This increase in crop residue should improve soil organic matter, increase water infiltration, enhance snow catch, and decrease soil moisture evaporation sufficiently to improve crop water relations in areas of South Dakota.