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Research Project: Experimentation, Model Development and On-Farm Application Crop and Soil Process models for Corn, Potato...Experiment Stations

Location: Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21600-001-004-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2022
End Date: Aug 31, 2027

The Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory (ACSL) evaluates crop responses to climate change and develops mechanistic, process level computer models for major crops of interest to United States agriculture. This agreement will help develop data bases for mechanistic, process level model development from controlled environmental chamber studies, studies from experimental station research plots, and from growers fields. These data will be critical to refine and improve existing simulation models for corn, soybean, cotton, potato, rice and wheat crops, and to evaluate these models under a range of environmental and management conditions in collaboration with growers in the mid-western states.

Evaluate the knowledge gaps for the Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory's crop and soil process models, and design and conduct controlled environmental studies to develop data bases for model development. Model verification, validation and application of these models will be carried out using data from mid-western states collected from field trials at the experimental station research plots, and collaborating growers fields. After validation and verification, the Decision support systems will be released to crop consultants, growers and scientists for application at the farm level to improve crop management by input optimization, reducing costs and improving profits to growers. The models will also be used to simulate CO2 and N2O emissions from agricultural fields to evaluate and to help reduce green house gas emissions due to various farm practices.