Residue Management
Crop Residue Affects Soil Life Between Growing Seasons

Crop Residue Affects Soil Life Between Growing Seasons

After harvest in the fall, farmers take the harvested crops to market or store them on their farm. They don't take the whole plant from the field, though. The leftover parts of the plant, like the stalk and leaves from corn, remain in the field. This debris is called crop residue. Read more in this article from and the American Society of Agronomy.

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