Growing Snap Beans in Fields with Different Soil Health: Yield, Root Disease and Soil Health Indicators 2006
Project Leaders: A. Seaman, C. Petzoldt, NYS IPM Program, Cornell University; B. Gugino, G. Abawi, Department of Plant Pathology, NYSAES Geneva; , Cornell Soil Health Program Work Team
Abstract: A vegetable crop and pest management systems evaluation site established in 1995 has shown that 4 different management systems practiced over time have resulted in different levels of soil health. In 2006 snap beans were grown in strips in the fields in order to observe if the differences in soil health would translate into yield differences. After one year, results show that while not statistically significant, the management system that was determined to have the healthiest soil also had the highest snap bean yield. Future years of evaluation are required to confirm this observation.