Smart Technologies

Smart technology can improve farm productivity, profitability, and stewardship. For example, variable rate planting and fertilization can accommodate spatial variation within fields and across landscapes in ways that improve both farm conservation and the bottom line. C-CHANGE work in this area focuses on:

  • Integrating data and models
  • Continuously improving model performance through new data collection on people and land
  • Supporting subfield- to regional-scale decision making

The Smart Technologies effort is led by Jarad Niemi.


[PHOTO]Emily Heaton



“I see change when I see working perennials on the landscape. Whether its prairie reconstruction for conservation, Miscanthus for bioenergy and bioproducts, pasture, or managed forest, working perennials show me that our soil, water, wildlife, and economy are being enhanced.”

— Emily Heaton, Professor of Agronomy and Extension Biomass Crop Specialist at Iowa State University


Success Story

This research highlights opportunities where switchgrass, a perennial biomass crop, can improve the productivity, profitability, and environmental performance of Midwestern corn and soybean farms.

Highlighted Publication

Using a Crop Modeling Framework for Precision Cost-Benefit Analysis of Variable Seeding and Nitrogen Application Rates

Gabriel McNunn, Emily Heaton, Sotirios Archontoulis, Mark Licht and Andy VanLoocke

Front. Sustain. Food Syst., doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00108