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dc.contributor.advisorWeil, Raymond Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorLounsbury, Natalieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-05T06:30:17Z
dc.date.available2014-02-05T06:30:17Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/14802
dc.description.abstractTillage is the common practice for seedbed preparation prior to early spring vegetables. To investigate the possibility of eliminating the need for spring tillage through the use of cover crops, spring seedbed characteristics after winterkilled cover crops forage radish (Raphanus sativus L.) and oat (Avena sativa L.) were monitored prior to and during growth of no-till and rototilled plantings of spinach (Spinacia oleracea var. Tyee) over four site years in Maryland's Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions. Results indicate that forage radish can facilitate no-till planting of spring vegetables in the mid-Atlantic without herbicides or fertilizer. Forage radish increases soil nitrate and sulfate in early spring and is best suited as a cover crop before the earliest planted main crops.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleSpring Seedbed Characteristics after Winterkilled Cover Cropsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Technologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSoil sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAgricultureen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHorticultureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCover cropen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNitrogenen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNo-tillen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRadishen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSpinachen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSulfuren_US


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