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  1. Vol. 46 No. 5, p. 2253-2262
    Received: Nov 15, 2005

    * Corresponding author(s): kent_crookston@byu.edu
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A Top 10 List of Developments and Issues Impacting Crop Management and Ecology During the Past 50 Years

  1. R. Kent Crookston *
  1. Dep. of Plant and Animal Sciences, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT 84602


Colleagues from around the world contributed to this paper, all via e-mail. This was in response to a solicitation I made of those who aligned themselves with the Crop Ecology, Management, and Quality division of Crop Science Society of America (CSSA Division C-3). I asked for their nominations of the most important developments and/or issues impacting their profession during the past 50 yr. Their responses were used to develop a top 10 list. Ranking within the list was based on frequency of nominations (i.e., professional recognition). The list was: no. 10, alternative crops and alternative uses for crops (18 nominations); no. 9, improved water management (20 nominations); no. 8, improved mechanization (31); no. 7, precision technology (global positioning system, GPS, and geographical information system, GIS) (32); no. 6, a shift of the Land Grant purpose and domain to industry and the launching of big ag (35); no. 5, conservation tillage (CT) (40); no. 4, the environmental movement and sustainability (43); no. 3, government programs and policies (45); no. 2, substitution management or the replacement of crop rotations and animals with chemicals (96); and no. 1, improved crop genetics, whether via conventional plant breeding or bioengineered crops (112). In addition to the top 10, there were 10 other nomination categories that received a total of 72 bids; these are noted in the text.

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