On the Radio: Improving Farming, From Space


In this week’s radio segment, we’re highlighting the research efforts of Brian Hornbuckle, an ISU professor of agronomy. Listen.

An ISU professor is looking at satellite data in an effort to help Iowa farmers respond profitably to changing climate.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Changing climate is altering Iowa’s agriculture and that affects the bottom line for Iowa farmers.

In order to learn more, ISU Professor Brian Hornbuckle is working with the European Space Agency on a groundbreaking project to improve predictions of flood and pollution levels.

His work could help increase Iowa crop yields.

Hornbuckle’s team is studying data gathered by a satellite using microwaves to measure soil moisture on Earth.

Their job is to confirm the satellite’s accuracy, and then make the data useful for both farmers and policy makers.

This is another example of how Iowans are responding to changes in our environment.

For more information, visit us at IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

Thank you.

I’m Jerry Schnoor with the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

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