Craig C. Sheaffer
Areas of Interest
Alfalfa and forage management; sustainable cropping systems; director of sustainable agriculture graduate program.
Research is on perennial native and introduced legumes, grasses, and woody species. I study organic crops, crop rotations, legume management, cover cropping, and legume-grass forage polycultures. I teach 2 undergraduate courses and a graduate level course. I conduct the alfalfa variety trials and corn silage hybrid trials and participate in outreach education programs.
Chen, S. Y., C.C. Sheaffer, D.L. Wyse, P. Nickel, and H. Kandel. 2012. Plant parasitic nematode communities and their association with soil factors in organically farmed fields in Minnesota. J. Nematology 44: 361-369.
Gilitzer, P., A.C. Martin, M. Kantar, K. Kauppi, S. Dahlberg, D. Lis, J. Kurle, C. Sheaffer, and D. Wyse. 2012. Optimization of screening of native and naturalized plants from Minnesota for antimicrobial activity. J. Medicinal Plants Res. 66: 938-949.
Gilitzer, P.A., D.L. Wyse, C.C. Sheaffer, S.J. Taff, and C.C. Lehman. 2012. Biomass production potential of grasslands in the oak savanna region of Minnesota, USA. Bioenergy Research: DOI 10.1007/s12155-012-9233-z.
Martinson, K., M. Hathaway, H. Jung, and C. Sheaffer. 2012. The effect of soaking on protein and mineral loss in orchardgrass and alfalfa hays. Available online (DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2012.03.007). J. of Equine Vet. Sci.
Coulter, J.A., C.C. Sheaffer, D.L. Wyse, M.J. Haar, P.M. Porter, S.R. Quering, and L.D. Klosner. 2011. Agronomic Performance of Cropping Systems with Contrasting Crop Rotations and External Inputs. Agron. J. 103: 189-192.
Leavitt, Matthew J., Craig C. Sheaffer, Donald L. Wyse, and Deborah L. Allan. 2011. Rolled winter rye and hairy vetch cover crops lower weed density but reduce vegetable yields in no-tillage organic production. HortScience 46: 387 - 395.
Martinson, K., W. Coblentz, and C. Sheaffer. 2011. The effect of harvest moisture and bale wrapping on forage quality, temperature, and mold in orchardgrass hay. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 31: 711-716.
Krueger, E., T. Ochsner, M. Kantar, C. Sheaffer, and P. Porter. 2010. Growth stage at harvest of a winter rye cover crop influences soil moisture and nitrogen. Online. Crop Management doi:10.1094/CM-2010-1014-01-RS.
Rock, K.P., R. Thelemann, H.J. Jung, U. W. Tschirner, C.C. Sheaffer, G.A. Johnson. 2009. Variation due to growth environment in alfalfa yield, cellulosic ethanol traits, and paper pulp characteristic. Bioenerg. Res. 2:79-89.
Sheaffer. C.C., D.L. Wyse, and N.J. Ehlke. 2009. Palatability and nutritive value of native legumes. Native Plants J. 10 (3):224-2320.
Borchardt, J.R., K.L. Kauppi, D.L. Wyse, C.C. Sheaffer, R.G. Fulcher, N.J. Ehlke, D.D. Biesboer, R.F. Bey. 2008. Antimicrobial activity of native and naturalized plants of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 2 (5), pp. 098–110, May 2008
Borchardt, J.R., D. L. Wyse, C. C. Sheaffer, K. L. Kauppi, R. G. Fulcher, N. J. Ehlke, D. D. Biesboer and R. F. Bey . 2008. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of seed from plants of the Mississippi river basin. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 2 (4), pp. 081–093, April 2008
Sheaffer, C.C., C.J. Rosen, and S.C. Gupta. 2008. Reed canarygrass forage yield and nutrient uptake on a year-round wastewater application site. J. Agron and Crop Sci. Volume 194: 465 – 469. DOI 10.1111/j.1439-037X.2008.00327.x
Sheaffer, C.C., R.D. Mathison, and P. Seguin. 2008. Vegetative establishment of kura clover. Canadian J. Plant Science. 921-924.
Moncada, K.M., N. J. Ehlke, G. J. Muehlbauer, C. C. Sheaffer, D. L. Wyse, and L. R. DeHaan. 2007. Genetic Variation in Three Native Plant Species across the State of Minnesota. Crop Sci 2007 47: 2379-2389.
Grossman, J.M., C. C. Sheaffer, D. Wyse, B. Bucciarelli, C. Vance, P.H. Graham. 2006. An assessment of nodulation and nitrogen fixation in inoculated Inga oerstediana, a nitrogen-fixing tree shading organic grown in Chiapas, Mexico. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38: 769-784.
Lamb, J.F.S., C.C. Sheaffer, L.H. Rhodes, R.M. Sulc, D.J. Undersander, and E.C. Brummer. 2006. Five decades of alfalfa cultivar improvement: impact on forage yield, persistence, and nutritive value. Crop Sci. 46:902-909.
DeHann, L.R., N.J. Ehlke, C.C. Sheaffer, D.L. Wyse, and R.L. DeHaan. 2006. Evaluation of diversity among North American accessions of false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa L.) for forage and biomass. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 1573-5109.
Fischbach, J.A., N.J. Ehlke, P.R. Peterson, D.L. Wyse, D.R. Swanson, and C.C. Sheaffer. 2006. Seeding rate affects establishment of native perennial legumes in the upper Midwestern US. Native Plants online Spring 2006:61-68.
Moncada, K.M., and C.C. Sheaffer. 2010. Organic risk management. www.organicriskmanagment.umn.edu
Sheaffer, C.C., and K.M. Moncada. Introduction to Agronomy: food, crops, and environment. 2009. Delmar Cengage learning, Clifton Park, NY.
Sheaffer, C.C. L.E. Sollenberger, M.H. Hall, C.P. West, and D.B. Hannaway. 2009. Grazinglands, forages and livestock in humid regions. P. 95-118. In Wedin and Fales.(ed.) Grassland. ASA, CSSA, SSSA, Madison, WI.
Sheaffer, C.C., and G.W. Evers. 2007. Cool season legumes for humid areas. P. 179-190. In R. F Barnes et al. (eds). 6th Ed. Forages: the science of grassland agriculture. Blackwell Publishing. Ames, Iowa.