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April 26, 2018
Honors students pursue individualized programs designed to enrich their educational experiences. As a part of their program, each Honors student plans, develops and completes an individual project. The results of those efforts were put on display at the Spring 2018 poster presentation of Honors...
April 26, 2018
by Fred Love, University News Service New technology developed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University could allow anyone with a smartphone to see crops much the same way trained plant breeders and scientists do. The researchers’ findings, published recently in the...
April 23, 2018
Iowa State took home the Overall Sweepstakes Award for the fourth year in a row at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Contest held at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska on April 21. Teams from across the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences...
April 19, 2018
Stubbornly cold temperatures and winter storms affecting much of Iowa this spring shouldn’t cause undue alarm for farmers anxious to begin planting, according to an Iowa State University agronomist. At least, not for a few more days. Mark Licht, an assistant professor of agronomy, said Iowa...
April 16, 2018
On April 11, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate held a Research Conference. Various students were recognized for their contributions. Our Maria Betsabe Mantilla, graduate student with Dr. Maria Salas, received one of five Research Awards across the University. (Photo: Maria, third...
April 09, 2018
Using science to address food insecurity is Catherine Leafstedt’s passion. It’s a passion that’s driven her for the past four years and it’s one reason she’s been accepted to the University of Cambridge in England to pursue graduate school. Leafstedt, who has a double major in agronomy and...
April 05, 2018
By Paula Van Brocklin, Office of the Vice President for Research After reviewing dozens of applications, Iowa State University’s Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has named nine faculty members to the second cohort of PSI Faculty Scholars. Faculty selected represent three of the...
April 04, 2018
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst made a stop at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm to talk about how research can impact and improve farmer's lives. Our Sotirios Archontoulis shared information about the Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS)...
March 29, 2018
Imagine working alongside Cinderella and Indiana Jones. Elizabeth Schnicker, sophomore in agronomy, has an internship at "The Most Magical Place On Earth." As a plant science intern with Walt Disney World at Epcot in the Living With The Land greenhouses, Schnicker’s position is research...
March 28, 2018
Our Bradley Miller has been awarded the Dan Yaalon Young Scientist Medal by the International Union of Soil Sciences. Miller's current work in Agronomy advances the quantitative evaluation of spatial variations in environmental processes that affect the distribution of soil properties...
March 27, 2018
Kelli Roush, sophomore in agronomy, took first place individual at the National Soils Contest hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin. She, along with the 7 other top 8 place individual finishers, will travel to Brazil in August to compete in the International Soils Contest prior to the...
March 23, 2018
The Brown Graduate Fellowship has been awarded to two Agronomy Graduate students, Qi Mu and Mauricio Tejera. The Brown Graduate Fellowship is to be used to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust...
March 12, 2018
Seth Watkins is a Taylor County Iowa farmer taking a new approach. As a land owner involved in the Science-based Trial of Rowcrop Integrated Prairie Strips (STRIPS) since 2012, Seth has implemented a number of conservation practices: rotational grazing, restricted wildlife areas, riparian...
March 12, 2018
Our crops team traveled to the Kansas Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Crops Contest on Friday, March 9 in Manhattan, Kansas. Overall, the team placed second in the four-year division. Individual placings: 2nd place - Joshua DeGroot 4th place - Daniel...
March 09, 2018
Dr. David W. Staniforth (1919-1984) was a pioneer in the field of weed science. His research efforts helped to shape the effective weed control systems used by farmers today. His experience spanned the development of modern herbicide technology, beginning with work on the mode of action of 2,4-D...
March 09, 2018
July 20 - 27, 2018 The course will give students hands-on experience with agroecosystems. The joint effort between Dordt College, the University of Nebraska, the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University brings students from across the Midwest together for a week of intensive discussion...
March 02, 2018
by Ellen Bombella, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service One of Andy VanLoocke's biggest accomplishments has been creating Global Agriculture in a Changing World, a course he created when he came to Iowa State. "I wanted to create a course that would tell people...
March 02, 2018
By Ellen Bombella, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Ken Moore led the development of a distance education program in agronomy 19 years ago and this year he received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distance Education in Teaching Award for his hard...
March 02, 2018
by Ellen Bombella, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Sotirios Archontoulis' curiosity about crops, soil and weather started at a very young age when he was growing up in Greece. He remembers going to the fields with his father, who was a farmer, in the heat of...
March 02, 2018
By Ellen Bombela, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Jianming Yu is considered one of the top scientists in the world in quantitative genetics, which integrates plant breeding, genomics, molecular genetics and statistics. His goal is to develop and implement...
February 28, 2018
Row spacing is a management decision that often comes up as a priority for achieving high-yielding soybean. Research across the Midwest over several years has consistently shown that soybean planted in narrow rows (<30 inches) has a yield advantage compared to wide...
February 20, 2018
Plant pathologists at Iowa State University and University of Kentucky have confirmed that isolates of Cercospora sojina, the pathogen that causes frogeye leaf spot of soybean, have shown resistance to quinone outside inhibitor (QoI, strobilurin) fungicides in Iowa. Frogeye leaf spot (Fig...
February 15, 2018
Mike Owen grew up in Ames. His dad was a faculty member for the Atomic Energy Commission during the “Little Ankeny Project.” “I grew up one house down from David Staniforth,” says Owen. “I started working on his crew in high school.” After high school, he became a botany major at Iowa State....
February 15, 2018
Iowa State junior Aimee Schulz is aiming to make a difference when it comes to global food security, and she's doing this through identifying ways to protect the genetic lines of indigenous maize. Or, what most of us refer to as corn. Aimee took on an ambitious research adventure her...
February 15, 2018
The Science Center of Iowa hosted a STEM for Girls event February 10. Groups in our department hosted two different booths. Michelle Graham and Jamie O'Rourke's team, our affiliates from the USDA, taught kids about DNA extraction using strawberries. Here in Agronomy, Michelle and Jamie use...

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