We are interested in the ecological dynamics of mixed grass-legume dairy cow forage systems. How do management decisions such as cutting height and frequency affect forage quality and ecosystem services?
What determines weed communities on farms? We explore seedbank composition and seedling emergence in a variety of locations and under different management conditions.
We are investigating the use of tarps as a cover crop termination method that allows for no-till planting without the use of herbicides.
Our research on cover crop mixtures and management contributes to farmers’ and scientists’ understanding of the mechanisms and tradeoffs behind the ecosystem functions of cover crops.
How do pesticide coatings on crop seeds affect soil microbes, weeds, and ground-dwelling insects? We are curious about the target and non-target effects of commonly used seed coatings in soy-corn rotations.
We are interested in pollinator provisioning and arthropod communities both in dedicated wildflower plots and within other cropping systems.