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Midwest Farmer Adaptive Management Responses to Perceptions of Excess Water-related Risks
A helpful handout for discussing variables that may influence farmer decisions regarding on-farm management practices, such as the decision to plant or not plant cover crops. This handout is based on
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Climate Change and Agricultural Extension
This report describes lessons learned from social science research and the experiences of a team of university extension and outreach educators. The research and educators were a part of two USDA-NIFA
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Climate Change and Agricultural Extension - Executive Summary
Excerpted from the 40-page technical report entitled, Climate Change and Agricultural Extension, this Executive Summary provides a quick overview of the report's recommendations.
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Climate Change in the Corn Belt
Understand how climate change is impacting and will continue to impact the weather in the Corn Belt. Raymond Arritt's research encompasses mesoscale meteorology, regional climate, and aerobiology in t
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Build Soil Organic Matter to Improve Your Crop Production System
A resource for farmers, teachers, and extension educators and agricultural advisors for understanding the benefits of building soil organic matter and how to build soil organic matter. This publicatio
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Views From the Field: Farmers on Changing Weather Patterns (Video)
In 2014, farmers across the Midwest were stepping up to the challenge of a more variable climate and extreme weather events. Hear several of them talk about their experiences and the practices they ha
Farmer Perspectives on Agricultural Practices, Information, and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 2
This second atlas (Volume 2) provides additional results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' specific behaviors, beliefs about climate and weat
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about water-related threats to farm viability
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about how climate change and variable weather might affect soil
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about drought and heat-related threats to their farm operations
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about drought- and heat-related threats to their farm operations
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about pest and disease related threats to their farm operations
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about how climate change and variable weather might affect pests
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Farmer attitudes toward farm-level adaptation to increased weather variability
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to four questions posed to farmers, about the need for farm-level adaptation to increased weather variability. The questions were a part of
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Corn Belt farmers' attitudes toward institutional support for adaptation to increased weather variability
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to four questions posed to farmers, about the need for institutional support for adaptation to increased weather variability. The questions
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Corn Belt farmers' attitudes toward actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to two questions posed to farmers, about the need for government and/or farmers to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ques
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Corn Belt farmers' beliefs about climate change and its causes
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to five questions posed to farmers, about climate change and its causes. The questions were a part of a USDA-NIFA-supported survey, conducte
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End of Season Cornstalk Nitrate Testing (Video)
This how-to video explains how to prepare a cornstalk sample for end of season lab testing of nitrate levels and how to interpret the results from the lab. This resource is part of the USDA-N
Woodchip Bioreactors: removing nitrate from field tile lines (Video)
This video explains how woodchip bioreactors remove nitrates from field tile lines. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 35 fi
Midwest Climate and Specialty Crops
Specialty crop agriculture in the Midwest is an important and diverse industry, valued at $4.7 billion in 2012. The Midwest produces a wide variety of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, and
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Resilient Agriculture
This publication for farmers, farm advisors and agricultural teachers contains articles about some of the findings of a USDA-NIFA-funded project researching ways to make corn-soybean systems more resi
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Corn Growth and Development: Climate Matters
The author describes how and at what stages temperature, extreme rainfalls and other weather stresses can affect corn growth. Lori Abendroth is the project manager of the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Corn Pr
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Climate Change Impacts in the Corn Belt
Dennis Todey details the agricultural impacts of climate change occurring within the Corn Belt. Todey is the South Dakota State Climatologist at South Dakota State University, an associate professo
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Predicting the Impact of Increasing Temperatures on Corn Yield
Two scientists explain their research findings which predict the impacts of warmer temperatures on corn crops. Bruno Basso, Ph. D., is an associate professor of agroecosystems sciences at Michigan
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Corn Belt States Create Nutrient Reduction Strategies to Address Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia
Based on an interview with Catherine Kling and some of her writings on the topic, this article summarizes the problem of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and actions needed to address the problem. Kli
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Drainage Water Management in the Corn Belt
Holding back drainage water in a field, with a water control structure, allows water to flow through longer pathways and seep into deeper soil layers. In addition to water quality benefits, it's possi
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Cover Crops Produce Benefits in Wet and Dry Times
In this publication, Lynn Laws describes how farmers and researchers are finding that cover crops provide benefits in both wet and dry seasons. Laws is a communications specialist for Iowa State Un
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Understanding Water Needs of Diverse, Multi-year Crop Rotations
Crop rotation diversification is a tool farmers have to reduce economic risk, disrupt pest cycles, increase soil resilience, and improve water quality. Investigators with the Sustainable Corn Project
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Farmer Perspectives on Climate Change
These three articles and graphs summarize one project's social science research to develop a better understanding of farmer perspectives on climate change and what they think should be done to prepare
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Corn Belt Farmers' Adaptation to Increased Precipitation
Authors discuss and illustrate the complexity of on-farm management decisions and what influences their decisions, based on their research for the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Corn Project. Lois Wright Mo
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Scientists Explore Crop Management Options for Storing Soil Carbon
Article explains how some researchers are studying on-farm practices that are likely to increase carbon storage in soil. Lynn Laws is a communications specialist for Iowa State University and for t
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Lifecycle Benefits and Costs of Inorganic Nitrogen Fertilizer
A lot has been written about the downstream enivironmental costs of inorganic nitrogen fertilizer. Through an interview with Robert Anex, professor at the University of Wisconsin, this article exp
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In-season N Applications Increasing in Response to More Frequent Wet Springs
Peter Scharf makes a case for in-season applications of nitrogen, for corn systems. Scharf is a plant sciences professor at the University of Missouri and a principle investigator on the USDA-NIFA
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Winter Rye Cover Cropping System: A Long-term Investment
The benefits of cover crops are becoming well known, but researchers also want to know more about the long term impacts of cover crops on corn and soybean yields. Based on an interview with John Sa
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Research Shows Soybeans Provide Consistent Reduction in Nitrous Oxide Emissions
Michael Castellano shares his research findings that soybean crops reduce field emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas. Castellano is an assistant professor of agronomy at Iowa State Universi
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Cover Crops Shown to Suppress Soybean Diseases
Darin Eastburn shares the results of studies that show use of cover crops tend to suppress diseases in soybean crops. Eastburn is an associate professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Illi
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Cover Crops Shelter Beneficial and Harmful Insects
Matthew O'Neal shares preliminary results of his studies of the response of both pests and beneficial insects to cover crops. O'Neal is an associate professor of entomology at Iowa State University
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Pitfall Tutorial (Video)
Michael Dunbar, PhD graduate student at Iowa State University, demonstrates how to prepare a pitfall for collection and study of insects/pests in corn fields. This resource is part of the USD
Farmer Perspectives on Agriculture and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 1
A resource for extension educators, agricultural advisors and others, for understanding regional perspectives of corn-soybean farmers about climate change. Delineated by watershed, this collection of
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Cover Crop Selection and Management Part 1 of 3 (Video)
Tom Kaspar discusses how to select and manage cover crops for corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest. Dr. Kaspar is a Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in
Cover Crop Selection and Management Part 2 (Video)
Tom Kaspar discusses how to select and manage cover crops for corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest. Dr. Kaspar is a Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in
Cover Crop Selection and Management Part 3 (Video)
Tom Kaspar discusses how to select and manage cover crops for corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest. Dr. Kaspar is a Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in
Cover Cropping at the Homestead (Video)
Jason Jones, Iowa farmer, discusses selection and rotation of cover crops to complement different vegetable crops. Jones farms at The Homestead's 8-acre CSA farm. The Homestead is a human resource
Plot Design Options for On-Farm Cover Crop Trials (Video)
Mark Licht, extension field agronomist, Iowa State University, discusses recommendations and considerations when setting up cover crop field trials. This is an informational video for field specialist
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategies (Video)
Matthew Helmers, professor, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, talks about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the practices that help to reduce nitrate loss. Prese
Soil Nitrogen Cycle
Great teaching resource as well as a handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0109 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data fro
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Soil Nitrogen Cycle (Video)
John Sawyer, professor, Iowa State University explains the nitrogen cycle with references to nitrogen management in corn-soybean cropping systems and current research issues. This resource is
Cover Crops
Great teaching resource as well as a handout for CSCAP 0110 2012 VIDEO. Potential benefits of cover crops outlined. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agricultu
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Cover Crops (Video)
Eileen J. Kladivko, Purdue University, discusses the potential benefits of cover crops and how they could contribute to increased resiliency of our corn-soybean production systems, in response to the
Exploring Climate Change Beliefs
This fact sheet describes some research findings about how farmer beliefs and perceptions about climate change influence on-farm decisions. Great teaching resource as well as a handout for use wit
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Exploring Climate Change Beliefs (Video)
Jonathan Hobbs, PhD Graduate Student, Iowa State University, describes his research regarding farmer beliefs and perception about climate change and how those influence on-farm decisions. Thi
Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture
A great teaching resource as well as a handout for CSCAP 0113 2012 VIDEO where Michael Castellano, assistant professor, Iowa State University, explains how agricultural greenhouse gases (GHGs) are mea
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Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture (Video)
Michael Castellano, assistant professor, Iowa State University, explains how greenhouse gases (GHGs) are measured in agricultural systems, what agricultural GHGs are significant and why, and strategie
No-Tillage Impacts on Soil Carbon, Nitrogen, and Water
Great teaching resource as well as a handout for CSCAP 0114 2012 VIDEO. The benefits of no-tillage in a corn-soybean system explained. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for clim
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No-Tillage Impacts on Soil Carbon, Nitrogen, and Water (Video)
Warren Dick, professor, Ohio State University, gives a history and explains the potential negative and beneficial impacts of no-tillage in a corn-soybean system. This resource is part of the
Integrated Pest Management, Filling in the Cracks
How climate change is impacting plant diseases, pests and weeds in corn-soybean systems in the Midwest. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gather
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Integrated Pest Management, Filling in the Cracks (Video)
Daren Mueller, assistant professor, Iowa State University, explains how crop insects, diseases and weeds can be affected by temperature, moisture and crop production practices. This resource
Understanding the Dynamics of Soil Diversity and Variability in the Field
Handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0116 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 35 field sites and thousands of farme
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Climate and Climate Change
Fact sheet about climate change and handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0120 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 3
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Climate and Climate Change (Video)
A primer on climate change, presented by Raymond Arritt, professor, Iowa State University. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data
Soil Organic Carbon Cycle
Fact sheet about soil organic carbon and a handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0121 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered da
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The Soil Carbon Cycle (Video)
Dr. Sasha Kravchenko, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, discusses soil organic carbon cycle and crop management practices that increase and store carbon in the soil, while improving soil
The Water Balance
Fact sheet about field scale water balance and handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0123 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathere
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The Water Balance (Video)
Dr. Laura Bowling, Associate Professor, Purdue University, discusses the importance of understanding, measuring and managing field-scale water balances. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA
Nitrogen Sensing and Impact on C, N, H2O
Fact sheet about using nitrogen sensing for precision application of nitrogen and handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0124 2012 VIDEO or its abridged version, CSCAP 0124 2012 VIDEO ABRIDGED Thi
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Canopy Sensors & Nitrogen: Contributions to Adaptation & Mitigation to Climate Change (Video)
Dr. Peter Scharf, Professor, University of Missouri, discusses the use of nitrogen sensing equipment to maximize efficiency and minimize loss of nitrogen fertilizer, and nitrogen management’s potentia
Canopy Sensors & Nitrogen: Contributions to Adaptation & Mitigation to Climate Change (Video) Abridged version
Abridged version (3:33 minutes) of CSCAP 0124 2012 VIDEO Dr. Peter Scharf, Professor, University of Missouri, discusses the use of nitrogen sensing equipment to maximize efficiency and minimize los
Climate Change and Farm Producer Needs and Costs
Handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0179 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 35 field sites and thousands of farme
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Climate Change and Farm Producer Needs and Costs (Speed Science Video)
John Tyndall, assistant professor, Iowa State University, discusses qualitative research being conducted to better understand farm producer needs and costs associated with adopting management practice
Understanding the Dynamics of Soil Diversity and Variability in the Field (Video)
Jeanette Goodman, PhD Graduate Student, Purdue University, discusses research being led by Dr. Phillip Owens, to understand the dynamics of soil diversity and variability in corn-based cropping system