Gaming Ag Nitrogen Cycling

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2020-07-01
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Dailey, James
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Russell, Ann
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Natural Resource Ecology and Management
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is dedicated to the understanding, effective management, and sustainable use of our renewable natural resources through the land-grant missions of teaching, research, and extension.
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Students apply the Law of Conservation of Mass to understand nitrogen (N) budgets for a Corn-belt agricultural system at the plot level. A 45-minute, in-class introduction enables students to complete an outside-of-class activity using a process-based simulation model in ‘lab mode’ address ‘What-If’ questions about effects of various management practices on N cycling. Then, during one 75-minute class, teams use the model in a game-like mode to compete in attaining four different goals: 1) Maximize income; 2) Increase soil carbon; 3) Reduce nitrate flow to streams; and 4) Optimize yield and soil organic N while reducing N in streams.

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This article is published as Russell, A.E. and Dailey, J.K., 2020. Gaming Ag Nitrogen Cycling. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 16. Posted with permission.

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