More than one hundred research projects with corn, cotton, soybeans, grain-sorghum, wheat, and cover crops are underway. These studies concern cropping systems rotations, tillage systems, row width, plant population, varietal evaluation, date of planting, fertilizer rates and sources, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and irrigation of row crops. Control of crop pests, including diseases, insects, and weeds, is also studied.
Soil conservation studies underway investigate the rate of erosion of different cropping systems, soil productivity, and runoff studies. In the agricultural engineering field, the Milan AgResearch Center has researched new planters and drills, fertilizer placement in no-till, directed sprayers, and pesticide movement, as well as precision farming. Together these studies aim to provide Tennessee farmers with data and techniques they can use to achieve more efficient farming operations utilizing methods suited to the region’s unique agronomic conditions.