Providing Input on Data Science Extension

March 25, 2022 12:33 PM
Blog Post

Why do we need your input?

An unprecedented amount of data is being collected on soybean fields thanks to advances in sensing technologies and cost-efficient computing, yet these data

are rarely used to their full potential. Extension is uniquely positioned to fill gaps that industry cannot by providing educational support to soybean producers so they can learn how to (1) leverage concepts and tools needed to keep pace with the data revolution and (2) use private and public data assets when making decisions for their business. Researchers at NC State University are partnering with Extension and the United Soybean Board to develop initial training materials for a “Data Science Extension” project.

Participants in this research study will inform our understanding of what data soybean producers use, what barriers soybean producers face when using data, and what Data Science training topics are of interest to soybean producers as they make decisions about their operations.

Survey responses will directly inform future Data Science Extension training materials for soybean producers. Your participation in this research study is voluntary and is not a requirement or expectation of any relationship you may have with any member of the research team, NC State University, or of the United Soybean Board.

How will we carry out this study?

This study consists of an online survey to develop a general understanding of soybean producers needs and interests regarding data use and data science-focused Extension trainings.

How can you get involved?

This survey is expected to take about 10-15 minutes to complete and your participation is voluntary.

Survey Link:


Members of the research team would be happy to answer any questions you may have! Please feel free to email Sheila Saia by email at or by phone at (919)-513-0244 and reference study number 24375 when contacting anyone about this project.


Mark Licht Associate Professor

Dr. Mark Licht is an associate professor and extension cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. His extension, research and teaching program is focused on how to holistically manage Iowa cropping systems to achieve productivity, profitability and en...