Management strategies for early- and late-planted soybean in the north-central United States

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Matcham, Emma G.
Mourtzinis, Spyridon
Conley, Shawn P.
Rattalino Edreira, Juan I.
Grassini, Patricio
Roth, Adam C.
Casteel, Shaun N.
Ciampitti, Ignacio A.
Kandel, Hans J.
Kyveryga, Peter M.
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Licht, Mark
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The Department of Agronomy seeks to teach the study of the farm-field, its crops, and its science and management. It originally consisted of three sub-departments to do this: Soils, Farm-Crops, and Agricultural Engineering (which became its own department in 1907). Today, the department teaches crop sciences and breeding, soil sciences, meteorology, agroecology, and biotechnology.

The Department of Agronomy was formed in 1902. From 1917 to 1935 it was known as the Department of Farm Crops and Soils.

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  • Department of Farm Crops and Soils (1917–1935)

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Plant Pathology and Microbiology
The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology officially merged as of September 1, 2022. The new department is known as the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Microbiology (PPEM). The overall mission of the Department is to benefit society through research, teaching, and extension activities that improve pest management and prevent disease. Collectively, the Department consists of about 100 faculty, staff, and students who are engaged in research, teaching, and extension activities that are central to the mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Department possesses state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in the Advanced Research and Teaching Building and in Science II. In addition, research and extension activities are performed off-campus at the Field Extension Education Laboratory, the Horticulture Station, the Agriculture Engineering/Agronomy Farm, and several Research and Demonstration Farms located around the state. Furthermore, the Department houses the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, the Iowa Soybean Research Center, the Insect Zoo, and BugGuide. Several USDA-ARS scientists are also affiliated with the Department.
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It is widely recognized that planting soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] early is critical to maximizing yield, but the influence of changing management factors when soybean planting is delayed is not well understood. The objectives of this research were to (a) identify management decisions that increase seed yield in either early- or late-planted soybean scenarios, and (b) estimate the maximum break-even price of each management factor identified to influence soybean seed yield in early- or late-planted soybean. Producer data on seed yield and management decisions were collected from 5682 fields planted with soybean during 2014−2016 and grouped into 10 technology extrapolation domains (TEDs) based on growing environment. A subsample of 1512 fields was classified into early- and late-planted categories using terciles. Conditional inference trees were created for each TED to evaluate the effect of management decisions within the two planting date timeframes on seed yield. Management strategies that maximized yield and associated maximum break-even prices varied across TEDs and planting date. For early-planted fields, higher yields were associated with artificial drainage, insecticide seed treatment, and lower seeding rates. For late-planted fields, herbicide application timing and tillage intensity were related to higher yields. There was no individual management decision that consistently increased seed yield across all TEDs.
This article is published as Matcham, Emma G., Spyridon Mourtzinis, Shawn P. Conley, Juan I. Rattalino Edreira, Patricio Grassini, Adam C. Roth, Shaun N. Casteel et al. "Management strategies for early‐and late‐planted soybean in the north‐central United States." Agronomy Journal 112, no. 4 (2020): 2928-2943. doi:10.1002/agj2.20289. Posted with permission. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.