Why We Do It

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.

FACTS is an ongoing project developed to forecast and evaluate in real-time soil-crop dynamics at  specific ISU research fields (field scale) and at regional scale. Predictions will be frequently updated as new information becomes available. The project investigators and Iowa State University are not responsible for extrapolations made by individuals to other fields. Information from this website can be used for presentations without further permission if used in its entirety and credit is given to the Iowa State University FACTS project. Information from this website cannot be used in publications or other model improvement activities without prior permission of the project investigators.