Planting factors to consider

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2015-03
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Licht, Mark
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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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Spring is generally a tough time of year to complete the most important task of the season in Iowa: spring planting. The last couple of years have proven to be challenging to get planting done in a timely fashion. In 2013 it started out looking promising but soon a rain pattern entered the state preventing timely planting for many in the northern half of the state. In 2014 it was cold in April and turned wet throughout May.
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This article is published as Licht, M. 2015, March. Planting factors to consider. Wallaces Farmer. pp.6-7. Farm Progress, Chicago, IL. Posted with permission.
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