Office BuildingEdgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab
Mailing AddressMcFadden Biostress Laboratory 247
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science-Box 2140C
Brookings, SD 57007
EducationIowa State University, Ames, IA
Ph.D. in Soil Sciences
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
M.S. in Soil Science
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
B.S. in Agronomy
- "Soil Management, Soil Fertility, Soil Health, Soil Carbon Dynamics"
Area(s) of ResearchFor farmers in South Dakota to improve sustainability and productivity on their land in the long-term, attention must be given on how soils can be managed to; (i) mitigate the effects of changing climate conditions (i.e. improve soil structure to increase water conservation); (ii) produce more with less land and rising input cost (i.e. fertilizers and fuel); and, (iii) adapting soil conservation practices to reduce further degradation of soil health. Research at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm is assessing management practices that are derived from ecological principles (mimicking nature) which places heavy emphasis on developing a healthy and biologically active soil ecology and uses cultural practices (rotation, sanitation, competition, little soil disturbance) as the primary method of pest control.
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