In-field Management

Extended Crop Rotations
Cover Crops
Tillage Management
Drainage Water Management
Nitrogen Management

What Farmers are Saying

Weather & Agriculture

Climate Facts
State & Regional Climate Information
Weather Outlook & Current Conditions

Teaching Agriculture & Climate Science

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About this project

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Field Research

Social and Economic Research

Analysis and Modeling


Extension education



This project gathers data from 26 field sites and thousands of farmers in eight Midwestern states, with the goal of creating a suite of practices for corn-based systems that:

  • retain and enhance soil organic matter and nutrient and carbon stocks
  • reduce off-field nitrogen losses that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution
  • better withstand droughts and floods
  • ensure productivity under different climatic conditions

Through the Extension and Education aspects of this project, we are working with farmers, teachers and students to connect them with project analyses and promote collaborative learning.

The Issue

Corn is essential in America. The highly versatile crop is an economic powerhouse, employing millions and producing food, feed and fuel. American farmers heavily invest their time, land and money in the crop's production: In 2011, 12.3 billion bushels of corn were produced in the US alone.

Global and domestic demand for corn continues to rise. However, there is increasing uncertainty about how long-term US climate trends are impacting corn-based cropping systems and threatening agricultural investments. In response, farmers and scientists are seeking new ways to ensure continued crop productivity while also minimizing environmental impact.








We're scientists and farmers working together to create a suite of practices for corn-based systems that:

  • are resistant in times of drought
  • reduce soil and nutrient losses under saturated soil conditions
  • reduce farm field nitrogen losses
  • retain carbon in the soil
  • ensure crop and soil productivity

Sustainable Corn BLOG

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