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Book: The State of Site-Specific Management for Agriculture
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America

 

 

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    The State of Site-Specific Management for Agriculture

    F.J. Pierce and E.J. Sadler (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-262-7

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    Published: 1997


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doi:10.2134/1997.stateofsitespecific.frontmatter

Front Matter

Preface

In the fall of 1993, a North Central Regional Committee on Site-Specific Management (NCR180) was formed to facilitate the discussion and sharing of research ideas and new knowledge on site-specific management for agriculture. The group currently includes scientists from around the USA, Canada and Europe, and from numerous disciplines, including agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, entomology, plant sciences, sociology, soil science, and weed science. Annual meetings of the NCR180 also include participation from many sectors of the agricultural industry, some of whom contributed to this effort. In its January 1995 meeting, the NCR180 committee began the process of documenting the current state of knowledge on the many dimensions of site-specific management. This book is the culmination of the efforts of the NCR180 committee members and their colleagues. Many, but not all, of the book chapters were presented as papers in a symposium held at the 1995 annual meetings of the ASA held in St. Louis, Missouri. The symposium was well attended, with attendance ranging from 250 to over 400 people at various presentations throughout the day. The symposium also included a poster session that was also well attended.

Site-specific management (SSM) for agriculture is the management of soils and crops according to localized conditions within a field. Site-specific management is intuitively appealing because it offers a means to improve crop performance and environmental quality in production agriculture. While appealing, SSM is in its infancy Successful implementation of SSM for crop production depends on how much soil and pest conditions vary within a given field, how well the conditions at any location are known, the site-specificity of current input recommendations, and the accuracy of application equipment. Success also depends on how well agriculture is prepared to accept and adapt SSM technology into their crop production systems and build site-specificity into the products and services that support production agriculture. It is readily clear that the socioeconomic dimensions of SSM are as important to its success as the development of the technological and agronomic aspects of SSM. This book addresses the myriad of issues related to the SSM in an attempt to document the current state of SSM. It is the hope of the NCR180 members that this book serve as a reference for the research, teaching, and extension efforts that must now follow.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the presenters, authors, the manuscript reviewers, and members ofNCR180, Divisions S-6, S-5, S-4, S-8 and A-3 of the SSSA and ASA that supported the symposium and publication. We also appreciate ASA, CSSA, and SSSA for their willingness to publish this document and the technical editing of Marian Vmey. We look forward to the next volume on SSM - SSM at the turn of the century.

F.J. Pierce and E.J. Sadler, co-editors

List of Contributors

Noel W. Anderson, Computer Science Dep., N. Dakota State Univ., and CASE Concord, Inc., 3000 7th Ave North, Fargo, ND 58102

Robert H. Beck, Cenes/Land O'Lakes, P.O. Box 64089, St. Paul, MN 55164

Stuart Birrell, Dep. Agric. Eng., Agric. Eng. Bldg., Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Johan Bouma., Dep. of Soil Science and Geology, and C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology, P.O Box 37 6700 AA Wageningen The Netherlands

John Cardina, Dep. of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State Univ., 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

Thomas Colvin, USDA-ARS, Ag. Eng. Dep., Iowa State Univ., 120 Soil Tilth Laboratory, 2150 Pammel Dr., Ames, IA 50011

Carol A. Gotway Crawford, National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, MS F 35, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333

C. L. Douglas, Jr., Columbia Plateau, USDA-ARS, Pendleton, OR 97801

Kent M. Eskridge, Dep. of Biometry, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0712

Richard B. Ferguson, Dep. of Agronomy, S. Central Res. and Ext. Ctr., Box 66, Clay Center, NE 68933

Shelby J. Fleischer, Dept. of Entomology, 501 ASI Bldg., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA 16802

Bruce E. Frazier, Crop and Soil Sciences Dep., Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA, 99164-6420

John H. Grove, Department of Agronomy, N-122 Agricultural Science North, Univ.of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546

Gary W. Hergert, Dep. of Agron., W. Central Res. and Ext. Ctr., Route 4, Box 46A, North Platte, NE 69101

David R. Huggins, Univ. of Minnesota, Southwest Experiment Station, Lamberton, MN 56152;

Daniel S. Humburg, Dep. Agric. Eng., S. Dakota State Univ., Box 2120, Brookings, SD 57007

John W. Hummel, USDA-ARS, Crop Protection Res. Unit, 1304 W. Penn Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Gregg A. Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota, Southern Experiment Station, 35838 120th St., Waseca, MN 56093-4521

Bhairav Raj Khakural, Dep. of Soil, Water, and Climate, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

John A. Lamb, Dep. of Soil, Water, and Climate, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

William E. Larson, Dep. of Soil, Water, and Climate, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Dept. of Ag. Econ., Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette, IN 47907

Gary L. Malzer, Dep. of Soil, Water, and Climate, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Neil B. McLaughlin, Agriculture Canada, Bldg. 74 CEF, Ottawa, Ontario K1A0C6, Canada

D. Midgarden, APO/FAO, IICA, Cultuurtuinlaan, Oude, Paramaribo, Surinam

David A. Mortensen, Dep. of Agronomy, Univ. of Nebraska, 309 Keim Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0915

David J. Mulla, W.E. Larson Chair for Soil and Water Resources, Dep. of Soil, Water, and Climate, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Gerald A. Nielsen, Dep. of Plant and Soil Sci., Montana State Univ., 826 Leon Johnston Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717-0312

Peter Nowak, Univ. of Wisconsin, 312 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706

William L. Pan, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA 99164-6420

Ted R. Peck, N121 Turner Hall, Univ. of Illinois, 1102 So. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Eileen M. Perry, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA, 99352

Todd A. Peterson, Pioneer HiBred Int., 4445 Corporate Drive, W. DesMoines, IA 50266

Francis J. Pierce, Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences, 564 PSSB, Michigan State Univ., E. Lansing, MI 48823-1325

George W. Rehm, Dep. of Soil, Water, and Climate, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Douglas W. Roberts, Ashtech Agricultural Division, 90 W. Central, Belgrade, MT 59714

Graham Russell, Univ. of Edinburgh, Institute of Ecology & Resource, Management, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG SCOTLAND

E. John Sadler, USDA-ARS, 2611 West Lucas Street, Florence SC 29501

James S. Schepers, Dept. Agron., 113 Keim Hall, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583

John K. Schueller, Dep. Mechanical Eng., Univ. of Florida, P.O. Box 116300, Gainesville, FL 32611-6300

Z. Smilowitz, Dept. of Entomology, 501 ASI Bldg., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA 16802

J. L. Smith, USDA-ARS, Soil and Land Management Unit, Pullman, WA 99164-6420

Walter W. Stroup, Dep. of Biometry, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0712

Kenneth A. Sudduth, USDA-ARS, Ag Engineering Bldg., Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Scott M. Swinton, Dept. of Agric. Econ., 306 Agric. Hall, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

DavidA. Tyler, Ashtech Agricultural Division, 90 W. Central, Belgrade, MT 59714

Jan Verhagen, Dep. of Soil Science and Geology, and C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology, P.O Box 37 6700 AA Wageningen The Netherlands.

Craig S. Walters, P.O. Box 145, Colton, WA, 99113

Randall Weisz, Dept. of Crop Science, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC 27695

Nyle C. Wollenhaupt, Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc., 5720 Smetana Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343

 

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