Research

Improved, practical crop breeding tools are essential to meet the increasing global demands for sustainable food production, made more urgent by the unpredictable stresses driven by a changing climate.

Farmers who want to increase the productivity and economic performance of their farmed potholes should consider more flood-tolerant crops, such as miscanthus.   

Recent research by Iowa State University scientists found expected increases in weather variability, especially more intense, frequent rainfall in the spring, are likely to adversely impact crop yields in areas susceptible to flooding and ponding. Their modeling, based on observed and predicted data, shows miscanthus, a grass species known for its high biomass production, is likely to have better survival and yields and could be more profitable.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is based in Mexico and strives to contribute to the development of a world with healthier and more prosperous people, free from the threat of global food crises and with more resilient agri-food systems. Dr. Kevin Pixley is the deputy director general for research of breeding and genetics and director of the Genetic Resources program.

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of over $1.4 million to support eleven new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2021-2022. Researchers from Agronomy are involved in four of the eleven projects.

Can adjustments to nitrogen rates reduce corn yield drag and disease implications following a cereal rye cover crop? (Licht, McDaniel, et al)

Continued assessment of corncobs as an alternative carbon source to enhance bioreactor performance for improved water quality (Archontoulis, et al)

The Iowa Soybean Research Center hosted its inaugural SoyFest on August 25, 2021. This fun and educational event was held on ISU’s central campus to coincide with August as "Soybean Month" in Iowa and the start of fall semester. Activities included a free cookout featuring soy veggie and pork burgers, soy-related snacks, robotic demonstrations, giveaways, games and a photo booth. The ISU Creamery created a tasty new ice cream flavor that was a hit with students called “SoyFest” which featured chocolate custard ice cream with soymilk and dark-chocolate-covered roasted soybeans. Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of Agricuture and Life Sciences Dan Robison and CY all made appearances at the event.

Held every Thursday at 2:10 pm in 2050 Agronomy Hall* or virtually join us via Zoom. 

Date Time Speaker Topic Location

Sept. 2*

2:10pm  Mario Perez Bidegain, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay "Soil conservation policy driven by science in Uruguay"

Virtual

Sept. 9

Choosing the best crop variety to maximize yield and profitability while still staying within budget is vital to any farm, whether its 100 acres or 100,000. It is also a driving objective for plant breeders that develop these varieties for farmers.

Spencer Barriball, student in our MS Agronomy distance masters program recently won the Muenchrath award. Named after Deborah Muenchrath the award is giving to the student with the most outstanding creative component. It is available to a student who has distinguished themselves academically, creatively and professionally. 

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