- Agronomic: barley
- Crop Production: cover crops, intercropping, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers, strip tillage
- Production Systems: general crop production
- Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis
Limitations in planting equipment, the economics of growing small grains, and limited approved organic starter fertilizer often results in small-grains crops that are planted with no banded starter fertilizer. This grant will investigate whether banding pelleted organic compost at planting will have a positive economic effect on yields of winter barley. Outreach will be through meetings, newsletters, a web-based column, and presentations.