(Posted Wed. Oct 9th, 2013)
Oct. 9: The National Corn Growers Association participated earlier this week in an inter-commodity research meeting hosted at Cotton Incorporated in Cary, N.C. Along with corn, national research staff from soy, wheat, sorghum, and cotton associations met to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations among the groups.
“One common area of concern expressed by attendees was regarding the data utilized in lifecycle analysis,” said Richard Vierling, NCGA Director of Research and New Uses. “The historical data applied to the lifecycle analysis models which policy is often derived from does not reflect current production practices or recent improved efficiencies.”
This fall, NCGA is starting a project to gather production data that accurately describes current corn production practices. NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team views this project as an ongoing effort that will collect multiple years of data and make this information available to researchers. Other commodity organizations expressed interest in joining with NCGA to gather relevant data for their specific crop production practices.