In 2006 three Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE) treatments were established on 27 commercially-managed fields at KBS to test the scaleability of research results from our 1-ha main site plots. In Fall 2006 we assigned fields managed by the KBS dairy to one of three annual crop treatments (T1, T3, or T4) and to one of three rotation entry points (corn, soybean, or wheat). This provides three replicate fields for each treatment by entry point combination. The experiment was discontinued in 2013.
Treatments include conventional management (T1), reduced input (T3), and biologically based (T4 ). Fields range in size from 1 to 7.5 ha, adjoin a variety of different habitat types, and have a variety of perimeter complexities. Agronomic inputs and yields are closely monitored in these fields, which are available to investigators for additional whole-field measurements.