The purpose of the FACTS project is to provide significant answers to questions that agriculture industry professionals commonly ask, like:
“What is going to be the yield this year?
“How much nitrogen is in the soil today?”
“What if I had used more nitrogen, planted more seeds, or gotten more rain?”
Agriculture industry professionals should anticipate this information to help with both decision making and with understanding what is going on in the dynamic and complex system of a corn or soybean field.
The overall goal is to develop a widely available cropping systems forecast and evaluation platform to: provide real-time agronomic information during the growing season; benchmark production, economic and environmental performance of representative cropping systems while also providing what-if scenario analysis at the end of the season; explore different approaches to accurately predict aspects of cropping systems including yields, to ground-truth predictions and to improve the science behind the models.