The lab strive to work for agronomic management strategies to  improve the productivity, profitability, and resiliency of cropping systems

  • To make cropping systems productive, resilient, and profitable, it is essential to identify local agronomic constraints and understand the interactions of crops, soils, and the environment (G x E x M interactions). The overall goal of our lab is to provide agronomic solutions in the context of modern farming practices, climatic patterns, and economic conditions.

Core research areas:

   (1) Corn

      a. Planting date and hybrid maturity considerations for grain corn

      b. Plant-pathogen interactions in silage corn

   (2) Soybean

      a. Planting date and variety selection considerations

      b. Planting date seed treatment strategies

   (3) Wheat

      a. Planting method strategies

      b. Canopy architecture and variety selection

   (4) Multi-crop systems

      a. Sustainable management strategies and soil health

      b. Tillage and crop rotation 


Ongoing Research

  (1) Corn

      a. Planting date and corn hybrid maturity effect on yield and kernel dry-down

      b. Seeding rate and row spacing effect on short corn varieties

  (2) Soybean

      a. Planting date, seeding rate, seed treatment, and maturity group effect on yield and quality      

      b. Planting methods effect on yield and quality      

  (3) Wheat

      a. Canopy, architecture, planting date, and seeding rate effect on radiation use efficiency and yield

      b. Seeding rate and variety selection effect on yield and quality

  (4) Multi-crop systems

      a Biochar, cover crops, nitrogen management, and tillage effect on soil health and crop yield

      b. Effect of long term tillage and crop rotation diversity on soil health and crop yield