DUPONT Pioneer has announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with eight midwestern land-grant universities through their respective soil nutrition management experts to help growers more sustainably maximize crop yields.
Through support offered by Pioneer, this collaboration will pull together expertise in different soil nutrition areas and generate field data to improve crop models used to enhance the efficiency of production practices. Each university will be able to significantly expand its field data collection and analysis.
The universities involved in this effort are Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each university has a three-year agreement with Pioneer.
Pioneer agronomists estimate that farmers in the Corn Belt currently lose $50-60 per acre as a result of nitrogen management inefficiencies; therefore, the collaboration will address nitrogen management practices.
Results of the data collection and research from this collaboration will provide opportunities to improve crop nitrogen management both in pre-plant and in-season fertilizer applications and will significantly narrow the nitrogen profit loss gap by giving farmers a new ability to plan, monitor and adapt nitrogen management practices to maximize profitability and improve environmental quality in the face of climatic uncertainty.