Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network® Timeline
This timeline traces the creation and significant growth of the On-Farm Network® and their research efforts from 1994 until the present.
Iowa Soybean Promotion Board funds major precision agriculture project at Iowa State University lasting six years. When the program ends, Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board makes the tactical decision to hire staff to execute programming in-house, not just fund projects proposed by researchers.
On-Farm Network® launched with Dr. Tracy Blackmer hired to lead the effort.
Iowa Soybean Promotion Board funds the first "GPS Research Group" for $50,000.
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship funds $159,000 for nitrogen replicated strip trials as part of their Integrated Farm and Livestock Management demonstration program.
First On-Farm Network® Conference held in Ames, Iowa, with approximately 50 in attendance
First major corporate partnership working with John Deere to implement more than 150 in-line ripper trials over 2 years with tractor, GPS, and ripper provided by John Deere.
On-Farm Network® partners with ISA Environmental Program to collect data in watershed projects.
On-Farm Network® meets with Environmental Defense Fund and the two groups apply together for, and receive, an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant amounting to $1,000,000. Partnership with EDF continues.
The On-Farm Network® conference draws an audience of more than 500 attendees.
The On-Farm Network® Advisory Council is developed. The first decision made was for the program to accept corporate funding.
First time work done in all Iowa counties. More than 400 strip trials completed.
Dr. Peter Kyverega hired as Senior Research Associate.
First year of work outside of Iowa with On-Farm Network forming in the Chesapeake Bay region of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.
On-Farm Network® Advisory Council recommends advancing the science by publishing methodologies/results in scientific papers.
On-Farm Network® Advisory Council recommends expanding work to other states.
First public posting of data. PDF files of trial reports created and posted in On-Farm Network® website.
Maumee On-Farm Network® formed in the western Lake Erie basin with growers from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.
On-Farm Network® and five land grant universities meet with NRCS and agree to work on incorporating Adaptive Management in the NRCS 590 standard.
NEERA 1002, a USDA national coordinating committee, is formed. An adaptive management community if formed within the committee.
On-Farm Network® groups in Indiana and Virginia form.
First peer-reviewed scientific paper by an Iowa Soybean Association employee is accepted for publication in Agronomy Journal.
Indiana State Department of Agriculture is awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant by the NRCS. The grant established the Indiana On-Farm Network®.
Fungicide calculator developed by On-Farm Network® Senior Research Associate Dr. Peter Keyeryga. The calculator uses results and economics from 282 replicated field trials to make probability based recommendations.
Missouri becomes the 11th state to establish an On-Farm Network®.
Nutrient Benchmark project. Samples are collected from 500 corn and 500 soybean fields across Iowa's 99 counties for analysis.