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TitleAmanda Leafgren
Area of Study
TitleJason Geis
Area of StudyCorn Production Systems
TitleSara ALford
Area of StudyCover Crops/ Soil Health

I am a Master’s student looking at the effects of no-tillage and cover crops on soil health. This study is on 15 sites all across Indiana.  Three of the sites are Purdue University research farms and the others are with farmer cooperators. My advisors are Drs. Eileen Kladivko and James Camberato.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree here at Purdue in Soil and Crop Science.

TitleTrevor Frank
Area of StudySoil Health

Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI 

Past Education:

1.      University of Wisconsin-River Falls: Bachelor’s Degree in Crop and Soil Science – emphasis on Crop Production

2.      Lincoln High School

Past Internships:

1.      Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. in Plover, WI – sweet corn breeding for different world markets and breeding for resistance of Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus.

2.      Forage Genetics International in West Salem, WI – corn silage and alfalfa breeding for dairy cattle.

Current Research:

            I am currently a part of the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP), which is a project that involves many researchers across the Midwestern U.S. The goals of the project are to retain and enhance soil organic matter and nutrient and carbon stocks, reduce off-field nitrogen losses contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution, better withstand droughts and floods, and ensure productivity under different climatic conditions. I am looking at the effects of a winter rye cover crop on corn-soybean rotational systems on overall soil health. Another part of my research is to study cover crop effects on nitrogen cycling and soil physical properties, specifically using the oilseed radish in corn-soybean systems. I am focusing my research on the amount of nitrogen scavenged and released right next to the radish tuber throughout the radish life cycle.​