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.
“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, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Extension Biomass Crop Specialist at Iowa State University.
This research highlights opportunities where switchgrass, a perennial biomass crop, can improve the productivity, profitability, and environmental performance of Midwestern corn and soybean farms.
Gabriel McNunn, Emily Heaton, Sotirios Archontoulis, Mark Licht and Andy VanLoocke
Front. Sustain. Food Syst., doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00108