The US produces 41 percent of the world’s corn; of which more than 60 percent is grown in the upper Midwest known as the Corn Belt. An increasingly variable climate and increases in frequency and intensity of rainfall in the Corn Belt threaten crop production and degradation of soil and water resources. The Third National Climate Assessment projects continuing climate disruptions to agriculture in this region over the next 25 years and calls for accelerated adaptation and mitigation efforts to address negative impacts of climate change. The USDA-NIFA Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (aka Sustainable Corn Project) was a five-year, 11-institution research partnership, aimed at determining how to best help corn and soybean farmers make their cropping systems more resilient to the impacts of climate change. In 2011, it received NIFA funding at $20 million. An additional $25 million in other grants and contracts were obtained to expand project research on social-economic factors, soybean production (the base rotation with corn), impact of practices on crop pests and disease, and water use efficiency in organic corn production.
This project was active from March 1, 2011 through February 28, 2017. It is now complete. A great many materials remain on this site that will continue to be of value to farmers, educators and others interested in making corn-based agriculture more resilient in response to highly variable and severe weather.