soil science

Improving cereal rye cover crop BMPs to increase adoption of cover crops by Iowa farmers (2018-2020)

Issue: The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) calls for cover crop implementation on over 12 million acres, which equates to every other field. Despite numerous environmental benefits associated with cover crops, many farmers are still hesitant to change their current production practices. Major barriers to introducing cover crops as a conservation practice include cost of implementation, yield drag, and knowledge.

Our Bradley Miller was presented with the Dan Yaalon Young Scientist Medal by the International Union of Soil Sciences at the World Congress of Soil Science in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil earlier this week. The award honors Dan Hardy Yaalon (1924-2014), a professor of soil science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dan H. Yaalon had 57 years of an exceptional research career. He contributed to some of the most fundamental issues of soils in space and time as well as theory and history of soil science. In particular, he made some of the most significant contributions in pedology and palaeopedology, especially regarding arid and Mediterranean landscapes.

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 and how it impacts environmental quality and sustainable crop production.

Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS; 2015-present)

FACTS is an ongoing project developed to forecast and evaluate real-time soil-crop dynamics in specific ISU fields. Predictions and measurements will be frequently updated as new information becomes available during the growing season. 

What we do:

Swetabh Patel
Graduate Assistant-Research
Joshua J McDanel
Graduate Assistant-Research
Daniel P Brummel
Graduate Assistant-Research

Britt Moore comes from Chicago, Illinois where his interest in agronomy started. He attended a high school that focused on agriculture called CHSAS (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.) He continued his education at Truman State where he got his bachelors in Ag science. Moore came to Iowa State in 2009 to get his Masters in Crop Production & Physiology and Sustainable Agriculture. After receiving his masters, he moved to Florida where he taught high school environmental science.

When Moore moved back to Iowa he worked with ISU Extension and Outreach as a cover crops specialist. Currently he is working on getting his PhD in soil physics.

Research collaboration with the Agronomy Faculty in areas of Soil Science, Nutrient Management, Soybean Management, Precision Agriculture, Remote Sensing, and Predictive Analytics
Dr. Petro M Kyveryga
Affiliate Assistant Professor

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