Residual Effects of Soybean on Succeeding Crops

Due to its deep and well-proliferated tap-root system conferring many positive features on the soil, capability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and provision of a large quantity of root biomass as well as litter by way of leaf shedding, soybean is able to leave behind many beneficial residual effects for the succeeding crop in sequential cropping systems. Because soybean is partially independent of soil nitrogen, relying mostly on nitrogen from biological fixation, soil nitrogen may be left to be used for further cropping, which may explain the benefits observed in the field in crop rotation systems with soybean.

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