See more from this Session: Management Impact On GHG Emissions and Soil C Sequestration: Part I
The objective of this research is to improve producer profitability and provide necessary data addressing on-farm resource management and sustainability by engaging approximately 500 producers across six states in a scientifically valid field of study of current production practices, documenting and analyzing energy use, other input use, and management practices, and evaluating agronomic, economic, and environmental results. The project engages a statistically significant number (400-500) of mainstream soybean producers and 45-90 crop consultants from six states (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and South Dakota) in a farmer-led, scientifically valid field study of current soybean production practices, documenting and analyzing energy use, other input use, and management practices, and evaluating agronomic, economic, and environmental results. Results from this research show the aggregated energy inputs across the entire project, state-by-state and provides energy case studies that can be used in the adaptive management process on individual farms to address sustainability and resource concerns. Results will also show the C sequestration values associated with various production practices across the region.