Decision Support Tools

Through the Useful to Usable Project, a diverse team is helping farmers manage climate risk by integrating disparate, formerly obscure sources of climate and agricultural information into a set of user-friendly tools for making crop-relevant decisions.  The team includes climatologists, crop modelers, agronomists, economists and IT specialists, all working together with corn producers, extension specialists, crop consultants, and other stakeholders. The outputs will help Midwestern farms cope with the challenges of today’s climatic hazards as well as longer-term climate change.

Decision Support Tools developed by U2U include:

AgClimate ViewDST provides convenient access to customized historical climate and crop yield data for the U.S. Corn Belt. View and download graphs of monthly temperatures and precipitation, plot corn and soybean yield trends, and compare climate and yields over the past 30 years. AgClimate View also provides insights on rainfall and temperature variability throughout the year and lets you compare current conditions to the historical average. Learn More

Corn GDDDST allows you to track real-time and historical growing degree day (GDD) accumulations, assess spring and fall frost risk, and guide decisions related to planting, harvest, and seed selection. This innovative tool integrates corn development stages with weather and climate data for location-specific decision support tailored specifically to agricultural production. Learn More

Climate Patterns ViewerDST helps you see how global climate patterns like the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Arctic Oscillation (AO) have historically affected local climate conditions across the U.S. Corn Belt. Climate Patterns Viewer provides simple maps and charts to determine when and where specific phases of ENSO or AO have influenced temperatures, precipitation and crop yields. Learn More

Corn Split NDST helps determine the feasibility and profitability of using post-planting nitrogen application for corn production. This product combines historical data on crop growth and fieldwork conditions with economic considerations to determine best/worst/average scenarios of successfully completing nitrogen applications within a user-specified time period. Now available for 12 states in the north central US. Learn More

This project is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture AFRI competitive grant no. 2011-68002-30220.

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