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University of Missouri researcher helps farmers decide where to plant crops.

Soil is a vital component of crop production. Variables such as erosion, contamination and soil nutrients can greatly affect the quality of the crops. That’s why Dr. John Lory, a nutrient management specialist at the University of Missouri, developed a Web-based application to help farmers track soil nutrient needs.

The tracker is the first of its kind in the United States. It is available for free to farmers who can use the tool to map their fields anywhere in the country. The system then automatically calculates field sizes and retrieves soil type information from agency sources.

To bring his idea to fruition, Lory worked with an interdisciplinary team that included MU’s Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Missouri Extension.

Dr. John Lory is an extension associate professor specializing in environmental nutrient management at MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in the Division of Plant Sciences.

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