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Research Project: Development of Data and Tools to Support Precision Dryland Farming

Location: Water Management and Systems Research

Project Number: 3012-13660-010-007-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2021
End Date: Sep 30, 2025

Long-term goals of this cooperative research project between USDA-ARS and Cooperator support three objectives, addressing the broad issue of dryland agricultural production in the semi-arid Great Plains: 1. Develop management practices incorporating the latest technology developments for a field-size aspirational four-year, dryland crop rotation system with precision nutrient, agrichemical, and weed control and crop population management. 2. Compare yields, economic returns, and environmental impacts of the aspirational rotation system to a dryland rotation system currently used by producers of the region. 3. Evaluate potential alternative crops and management practices for introduction into the aspirational wheat-based dryland rotation system.

The Cooperator and USDA-ARS scientists will work closely together to design research and conduct field experiments, collect and analyze data, and develop models to better understand crop production in dryland agricultural systems.