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Research Project: Sustainable Intensification of Grain and Biomass Cropping Systems using a Landscape-Based GxExM Approach

Location: Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research

Title: Overview of a public-industry partnership for enhancing corn nitrogen research and datasets

item SHANAHAN, J. - Fortigen
item Kitchen, Newell
item RANSOM, C. - University Of Missouri
item BANDURA, C. - University Of Wisconsin
item BEAN, G. - University Of Missouri
item CAMBERATO, J. - Purdue University
item CARTER, P. - Dupont Pioneer Hi-Bred
item CLARK, J. - University Of Minnesota
item FERGUSON, R. - University Of Nebraska
item FERNANDEZ, F. - University Of Minnesota
item FRANZEN, D. - North Dakota State University
item LABOSKI, C. - University Of Wisconsin
item NAFZIGER, E. - University Of Illinois
item SAWYER, J. - Iowa State University
item SHAFER, M. - Purdue University

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/6/2017
Publication Date: 10/22/2017
Citation: Shanahan, J., Kitchen, N.R., Ransom, C., Bandura, C., Bean, G.M., Camberato, J.J., Carter, P.R., Clark, J., Ferguson, R.B., Fernandez, F.G., Franzen, D.W., Laboski, C.A., Nafziger, E.D., Sawyer, J.E., Shafer, M. 2017. Overview of a public-industry partnership for enhancing corn nitrogen research and datasets [abstract]. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, October 22-25, 2017, Tampa, Florida.. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Due to economic and environmental consequences of nitrogen (N) lost from fertilizer applications in corn (Zea mays L.), considerable public and industry attention has been devoted to development of N decision tools. Now a wide variety of tools are available to farmers for managing N inputs. However, research is needed over a wide geographic range of soil and weather scenarios for evaluating tool performance. The objectives of this research were to conduct standardized corn N rate response field studies to evaluate the performance of multiple public-domain N decision tools across diverse soils and environmental conditions, develop and publish new agronomic science for improved crop N management, and train new scientists. The project was initiated in a partnership among eight US Midwest land-grant universities, USDA-ARS, and DuPont Pioneer. Research using a standardized protocol was conducted over the 2014 through 2016 growing seasons, yielding a total of 49 sites. The geographic scope, scale, and unique collaborative arrangement warrant documenting details of this work. The purpose of this talk is to provide an overview of the project, describe how the research was undertaken, and reasons for the research methods used. The following papers in this session will present preliminary results from the project and highlight the potential value of these types of collaborative research efforts.