Quantifying Corn N Deficiency and Application Rate with Active Canopy Sensors

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2010-01-01
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Barker, Daniel
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Sawyer, John
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Agronomy

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.

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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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1902–present

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

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Precision agriculture technologies are an integral part of many operations in Iowa corn production. Active canopy sensors have been developed as a tool to determine plant N stress deficiency and provide on-the-go decisions for implementing variable rate N application. The objectives of this study were to assess N deficiency stress levels at the mid-vegetative corn growth stages with active canopy sensors, calibrate active sensors and associated canopy indices, and develop N rate algorithms that can be used to determine variable rate N fertilization.

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