John Deere and ISU launch demonstration farm
Monica FergusonFood Food & Beverage crop productivity Deere and Company economic cost of production grain production Iowa State University sustainable solutions
Deere and Company partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) to establish a demonstration site consisting of four different fields and processes that will test sustainable solutions for large grain production systems in real-world scenarios.
“Farmers are working in constantly changing environments where every decision will impact their end result, which means they can’t afford to adopt experimental practices that aren’t proven to deliver the yield they anticipate,” said Jill Sanchez, director of sustainability, John Deere. “This demonstration farm, in partnership with ISU, allows us to experience the same uncertainties and challenges as our customers, so that we can test and identify which methods are successful, and deliver proven, innovative, and sustainable solutions to farmers.”
Over a five-year production cycle, four different crop production systems will be implemented across the 80-acre demonstration farm. The data and insights collected will measure crop productivity, economic cost of production, soil health, water quality, carbon intensity, and biodiversity.