Focus on the Future - INRC Spring 2024 Seminar Series - April

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center's Spring 2024 Seminar Series will Focus on the Future – Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research. Hybrid monthly sessions from 3:10-4:00 p.m. take place online and at 1306 Elings Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
Get them on your calendar: Feb. 14, March 6, April 10, and May 8.

Sessions feature current and former graduate students who are or have been involved with water quality research at Iowa State.

Mila Vicorio Pessoto
Mila Vicorio Pessoto

Improving understanding of “corn yield drag” after cereal rye cover crop.
Presenter: Mila Vicorio Pessoto, Department of Agronomy. Advisors: Mark Licht and Marshall McDaniel.

Cereal rye is the dominant cover crop in Iowa. However, it has been seen corn yield decreases when planted following cereal rye. This research aims to understand nutrient, pathology, and agronomy-related causes of this yield drag.




 Arturo Flores Godoy
 Arturo Flores Godoy

Spatiotemporal variability of soil and digital soil mapping for agriculture.
Presenter, Arturo Flores Godoy, Department of Agronomy. Advisor: Bradley Miller.

Soil varies spatially and temporally, and agricultural success is in managing that variability efficiently. Precision agriculture aims to make targeted applications depending on the real conditions of the 'eld. To do so, interpolation maps are used as the basis for guiding management. However, modern technologies (e.g., Machine Learning) may provide a more efficient methodology of making spatial and even temporal predictions and therefore make more accurate management decisions.


INRC seminar sessions are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to register in advance at:

Each session will be recorded, with speakers’ permission, and posted on the INRC’s website.

Download the Spring 2024 Focus on the Future seminar series flyer to post or share. 

For questions, contact Malcolm Robertson, INRC program specialist, at