Dashboard for Agricultural Water Use and Nutrient Management
Agricultural producers in the Corn Belt are navigating increasingly complex decisions as they grow food and energy crops while facing a changing climate and greater extremes in temperature and rainfall. Routine decisions such as crop choice, fertilizer use, and irrigation scheduling have wide-ranging impacts on water availability and quality, nutrient loss, agricultural production, and ecosystem sustainability at multiple scales.
Team IDs Differences in Gene-Related Activity Between Ancient, Modern Corn
Roughly 9,000 years ago, Native American farmers in southern Mexico began domesticating teosinte, the wild ancestor of modern corn. Whereas the ancient teosinte plant produces hundreds of slender, thumb-length ears with no more than a dozen rock-hard kernels, a foot-long ear of modern maize can boast more than 500 chewable ones.