In Illinois one sees miles of corn or soybean fields, but they are never planted together in today’s agriculture. Corn and soybeans are valuable commodities contributing to essential products. This image highlights the production system when corn and soybeans are planted together, described as intercrop farming. This aerial image was taken on July 21, 2020 when the corn crop was at maximum height creating seeds and the soybeans were in the middle of flowering. This aerial image was captured by a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), a growing technology in agriculture. The image captures the essence of an experiment testing the significance of four popular corn or soybean monoculture management practices and the intercropping treatment. The overall goal of the experiment is to compare the productivity of the different monoculture systems to the intercropping system.
Agriculture Science at Illinois State: https://agriculture.illinoisstate.edu/
The Farm at Illinois State University: https://agriculture.illinoisstate.edu/facilities/farm/
Mentions Dr. Nicholas Heller https://cast.illinoisstate.edu/faculty-staff/profile.php?ulid=njhelle#fs-tabs-accord1 when talking about what she did in the winter months of 2020.
Prairie Farmer Magazine: https://www.farmprogress.com/prairie-farmer
Illinois Soybean Association: https://www.ilsoy.org
Corn Growers: https://www.ilcorn.org
ISU Department of Agriculture on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISU.AGRICULTURE
AG Science Club at ISU: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149982325117315
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