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2018 ISA Reserch Annual Report now online

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The ISA Research Annual Report for 2018 is available on the ISA website now. The report highlights projects and accomplishments from the three branches of research in several summary documents. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Carol Brown, ISA environmental communications specialist

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) 2018 Research Annual Report is now available.

This year’s report is a departure from previous years as it will be an online-only publication and will not be printed for wide distribution. With more people moving to the internet for information, the research team decided to follow this trend.

“Farmers, researchers and the ag industry regularly search our website for research results and project reports, so it seemed logical that our annual report should reside with these informational documents,” said Ed Anderson, ISA senior director of research.  “This year’s report still features our projects and results, but it’s presented in a concise overview.”

The annual report webpage includes an overview of 2018 and highlights from each of the three research branches: Analytics, Environmental Programs and Services and the On-Farm Network®.

The overview includes a map showing locations where research and projects were conducted, priority watersheds and water monitoring sites. It also contains financial information from the year along with overall priorities for ISA research.

In addition to the overview, several reports from each research team are available that highlight work for the year as well as specific projects and topics.

Some of the accomplishments by the numbers for 2018 include:

  • 239 replicated strip trials conducted,
  • 4,000 water samples analyzed from 613 sites,
  • 40 conservation assessments and 5 watershed plans completed,
  • 22 bioreactors and 14 saturated buffers installed.

The On-Farm Network focuses their work in four major areas: soil health, agronomic systems, nutrient management and pest management. Overviews for each of these topics from the past year are on the annual report webpage. 

The Environmental Programs and Services team has reports on their areas of concentration including conservation technical assistance, watershed planning, water monitoring, conservation drainage, and leadership and partnerships.

The Analytics team highlighted progress and findings for four of their projects including a quick tutorial on the online decision-making tool ISOFAST. This dynamic tool can be used to visualize and summarize historical on-farm replicated strip trial data. Knowing results of replicated strip trials can aid farmers in making decisions for future crop production. Other highlighted analytics projects include: soybean quality mapping, predicting risk of edge-of-field nitrate losses and digital imagery technologies.

The 2018 Research Annual Report can be found on the Research section of the ISA website on the Publications & Resources page.

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