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An ACE in the Field: Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Tools for Ag Consultants and Educators

By cptp | 9:56 AM, 12/03/2015

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2015


An ACE in the Field: Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Tools for Ag Consultants and Educators

Madison, Wisconsin-The USDA funded Useful to Usable climate initiative which is available in 12 corn belt states will be giving a presentation entitled, “An ACE in the Field: Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Tools for Ag Consultants and Educators (0.5 NM/0.5 CM)” at the 2015 Wisconsin Crop Management Conference and Agri-Industry Showcase on January 14, 2016 from 2:30-3:20 pm CT.

“We’d like to think we are demystifying climate data one user at a time and hope producers will use the information to make better decisions and ultimately increase yields with minimal environmental impact,” said Dr. Linda Stalker Prokopy, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science at Purdue and U2U Project Director.

The Useful to Usable (U2U) climate initiative provides farmers and agricultural advisors with a diverse and free tool suite to help manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions. An integrated team of university researchers, climatologists and social scientists from across the Corn Belt collaborated on the project which includes an AgClimate ViewDST, Climate Patterns ViewerDST, Corn GDDDST, Corn Split NDST, and an irrigation tool coming this spring.

"Make sure you stick around for this presentation on Thursday afternoon," says Matt Ruark, UW Extension Specialist. "These publically available tools have the potential to be used by a range of agricultural professionals in Wisconsin."

The U2U suite of tools was created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. For more information, go to www.AgClimate4u.org. Useful to Usable is a USDA-funded research and extension project comprising 50 faculty, staff and students from nine north-central U.S. universities with expertise in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cybertechnology, and agricultural economics and other social sciences.

For more information, contact:

Melissa Widhalm, U2U Project Manager Purdue University



U2U Project Partners: Purdue University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, South Dakota State University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin, High Plains and Midwestern NOAA Regional Climate Centers, and the National Drought Mitigation Center.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2011-68002-30220. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.