Our project provides new opportunities to expand research on organic systems, focusing on carbon, nitrogen and water cycles affected by changing weather patterns in the Midwest.

Research data from two organic experimental sites, in Minnesota and Ohio, are being analyzed, relative to individual site performance and the two sites compared. Specifically, we are studying:

  • Crop water use and evapotranspiration
  • Carbon and nitrogen balance within the soil
  • Impact of weed pressure on system water use
  • Capacity of organic systems to remain viable in a changing climate
  • Predictive modeling of organic cropping systems

Fact sheet about our organic research

Organic Research Report, May 1, 2015





Organic research is included in our project thanks to funding from the following organizations:









We're scientists and farmers working together to create a suite of practices for corn-based systems that:

  • are resilient in times of drought
  • reduce soil and nutrient losses under saturated soil conditions
  • reduce farm field nitrogen losses
  • retain carbon in the soil
  • ensure crop and soil productivity

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