Combining integrated pest management with climate change, mitigation and adaption in soybean-corn cropping system;
Daren Mueller ( Iowa State University) ($263600). The Project Manager's email is email@example.com.
Key Words: Soybean Production Management Systems, Soybean Educational Activities, Environmental Studies, Soybean Cover Crops, Climate Change
A team of 16 scientists across eight states in the Heartland (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) will work within a larger group that are addressing the societal challenge to mitigate and adapt the North Central soybean-corn cropping system to climate change. The vision is to create a coordinated functional network to develop science-based knowledge on climate mitigation and adaptation that informs policy development and guides on-farm, watershed level, and public decision making. Standardized protocols and a network of 21 carefully selected sites will be used to provide baseline measurements on pests (i.e., weeds, diseases and insects) to complement a great data set that includes greenhouse gases, carbon, nitrogen, and water usage data and to evaluate a suite of crop management practices. These include tillage, cover crops, crop rotations and drainage water management. Data from these sites will be archived in a central database and used in conjunction with public climate data. Physical, climate, sociological and economic models will be applied in an iterative way to establish strengths and weaknesses of a set of cropping practices. Lifecycle analyses, social, and economic findings will be used to develop public policy recommendations and engage producers and stakeholders in managing for climate uncertainty and environmental sustainability. This project builds capacity for extension to address how climate change affects soybean production needs of stakeholders, and prepares the next generation of scientists for interdisciplinary research on the intersection of agriculture and climate.
This project is funded by United Soybean Board