Mississippi State University
Shanmugam, Shankar Ganapathi
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Forest Resources
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Soil microorganisms are important for the stabilization and preservation of a good soil structure. Management practices can affect the diversity and population of microorganisms, which could beneficially change soil properties and promote a more sustainable dryland system. This study was established near Pontotoc, MS on Atwood silt loam to evaluate the impacts of cover crops and fertilizer sources on selected biologically related soil properties in a no-tillage, dryland soybean system. Soil analyses included total carbon and nitrogen, permanganate oxidizable carbon (POXC), easily extractable glomalin-related soil protein (EE-GRSP), water stable aggregate (WSA) and soil pH. Cover crop biomass and percent groundcover, soybean leaf area index (LAI), plant height, and yield were also determined. Results indicated that fertilizer source did have an impact on total nitrogen, EE-GRSP and soybean yield. A positive impact on soil properties is expected with the use of cover crops if studied for a longer period of time.
Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB)
Pokhrel, Sapana, "Effects of cover crop management on biologically related soil properties in a Mississippi dryland soybean system" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 1726.