Fact Sheets

Build Soil Organic Matter to Improve Your Crop Production System

This publication was written by extension educators working in the Corn Belt. It's a great resource for farmers, teachers, extension educators and agricultural advisers. Just click on the image to view and download the 8-page publication.


The following fact sheets serve to provide some of the science behind creating more resilient corn-based cropping systems. These were originally presented as "Speed Science handouts" at this project's 2012 annual conference in Wooster, Ohio.

Videos and transcripts of the 10 minute "Speed Science" presentations by our team members can be found HERE.

These fact sheets and videos are approved for use in educational, research and extension settings.

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No-Tillage Impacts on Soil Carbon, Nitrogen and Water

Warren A. Dick, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Soil Nitrogen Cycle

John E. Sawyer, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Nitrogen Sensing and Impact on Carbon, Nitrogen and Water

Peter Scharf, Ph.D., University of Missouri

Soil Organic Carbon Cycle

Sasha Kravchenko, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Drainage Water Management

Jane Frankenberger, Ph.D., Purdue University

The Water Balance

Laura Bowling, Ph.D., Purdue University

Cover Crops

Eileen J. Kladivko, Ph.D., Purdue University

Integrated Pest Management

Daren Mueller, Ph.D. and Nathan Bestor, IPM assistant, Iowa State University

Climate and Climate Change

Raymond W. Arritt, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture

Michael Castellano, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Climate Change Beliefs, Concerns and Support for Adaptation and Mitigation among Corn Belt Farmers

J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., Ph.D.*, Iowa State University.

* The farmer survey noted in this fact sheet was a collaborative effort between several social scientists from various universities: John Tyndall, Tricia Knoot and Lois Wright Morton, Iowa State University; Linda Prokopy, Purdue University; and Tonya Haigh and Cody Knutson, University of Nebraska.




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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