WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University is being awarded $10 million for crop diversity research. The project "#DiverseCornBelt: Resilient Intensification through Diversity in Midwestern Agriculture" will aim to make corn and other crop more resilient at a number of different levels.
Research will be done on corn and soybean fields across Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa over five years. The effects of COVID-19 on supply chains spurred the need for the project, with concerns over climate change looming. The aim will be to study the effects of crop diversity at farm, market and landscape.
Project leader and head and professor of horticulture and landscape architecture at Purdue University Linda Prokopy explains.
"It's really important for farmers to be resilient in the face of a changing climate, and the more they can diversify the crops that they grow, or the alternate things they're doing with their land, the better off they'll be as we move forward," Prokopy said.
"But ultimately, hopefully, the more we diversify the better it is for our water quality, air quality, soil health, and other things that obviously benefit folks living in a community."