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$16.3M Project Will Test Effects of Management Practices on Soil, Sustainability and Crop Yields
Kansas Ag Connection - 12/07/2023

Kansas State University has been chosen to lead a five-year study on the effects of several crop production management practices on soil, sustainability and crop yields, a project that one university researcher says could increase crop productivity by “billions of dollars.”

Dorivar Ruiz Diaz said that K-State has received $7.7 million from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to conduct in-field tests of numerous practices involving cover crops, nitrogen, crop rotations and tillage, among others.

Including matching funds from Bayer Crop Science, LI-COR, LandScan and K-State, the project’s total investment is $16.3 million. The work will be conducted in seven states.

“This project will generate much-needed knowledge on the synergies and trade-offs of multi-level management factors aimed at improving agricultural production, with conservation management across many soils and environments – including water, nutrient cycling, soil carbon and soil health,” said Ruiz Diaz, a professor and soil fertility specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Brian Olson, head of the Western Kansas Research-Extension Centers, initiated the project as part of a previous position he held with Bayer.

“Our team will explore links between soil water content and crop and soil health, as affected by landscape settings and management interventions,” Olson said. “The project will advance water management for crop production under dryland and irrigated systems, as well as rain-fed agriculture and the role of water tables.”

Ruiz Diaz added that farmers and the entire agricultural industry often face the challenge of increasing crop yields while enhancing sustainability of farm land, and improving profits.

“These objectives are influenced by the complex interactions of multi-factor cropping components across time and climatic gradients, which highlights the importance of gaining more comprehensive understanding of these dynamics,” Ruiz Diaz said.

K-State leads a team that includes researchers from Iowa State University, LandScan, LI-COR, Bayer, Mississippi State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Kansas.







Source: k-state.edu


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