GRS Abstract Submission 2024

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GRS Abstract Submissions 2024

Before submitting, make sure you have read through the competition guidelines and have followed all formatting requirements.

Please format your abstract in the following manner:

Submission Date and Scoring:

  • Submitted by Friday, March 1st, 2024.
  • Must include title, authors, and affiliations.

File Name:

  • LastName_FirstName_Abstract_GRS2024


Submission Date, Scoring, and Formatting:

  • 250-word limit without the title, authors, and affiliations.
  • Times New Roman Font, Size 12, left aligned, and 1.15 spacing must be used.
  • Submitted as a Word Document through the HCS GSA website.
  • Points will be deducted for missing any of the above information or formatting or going over the word limit. Below is an example of correct abstract formatting.

Formatting Example:

Bottom-up Approach and On-Farm Research for Understanding the
Cover Crop Yield Gap in Cropping Systems

Jonah VanRoekel1, Stephanie Karhoff1, Laura Lindsey1, Ryan Haden2, Sami Khanal3, Amit Prasad Timilsina3, and Osler Ortez1 

1 Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University 

2 Agricultural Technical Institute, Ohio State University 

3 Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University 

As yields continue to rise to meet the needs of ever-expanding global communities, the secondary impacts of modern production systems have resulted in a startling local and regional deterioration of soil and environmental resources. Cover crop implementation has gained recognition as a comprehensive method to mitigate erosion, compaction, pest, and water management issues while offering ecosystem and financial services including nutrient cycling, organic matter, and soil biological function. Despite a growing adoption of conservation practices, cover crop implementation remains low. Even in priority regions, such as the Maumee River Watershed (MRW) in Northwest Ohio, farmer concerns regarding potential yield reductions (the “cover crop yield gap”) due to potential nutrient and water tie-up have served as a primary source of risk that outweighs prospective implementation. This project will take a multifaceted, bottom-up approach to understanding, both at a field and regional watershed scale, factors that contribute to the “cover crop yield gap”, the ecosystem services contributed by cover crops over time, and resolutions that may promote the wider adoption by producers of cover crops in the MRW. On-farm corn-soybean fields will serve as a control standard for cropping systems typical to the region, with fields with a history of winter wheat, with fewer than three years of cover-cropping, and with more than five years of cover-cropping serving as the field-scale treatments. Traditional crop and soil sampling will be used in tandem with greenhouse gas flux measurements to gain ground-truth data that will help to inform field-scale drone collected data.

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