Lab Methods for Soil Testing

I occasionally write for another blog on my advisor's website and thought some readers here may be interested in a recent post-- Lab Methods for Soil Testing. I broke down some common methods for measuring soil test phosphorous and potassium. These methods can be important when you're comparing your soil test values to the critical… Continue reading Lab Methods for Soil Testing

Blocking Field Trials and the First Law of Geography

I'm studying for my prelims this semester, which involves going back over the classes I've taken over the last 4 years, reviewing my research proposal, and just generally refreshing my memory about the topics a person with a PhD in agronomy should know. I'm focusing on traditional statistics and experimental designs this week, which reminded… Continue reading Blocking Field Trials and the First Law of Geography

Degrees-Minutes-Seconds, Decimal Degrees, and Eastings and Northings

I've worked on two different multi-state fertilizer trials this year. Typically for these types of projects, collaborators from many different labs agree to all apply the same treatments, take the same measurements, and submit data to a single person to analyze and publish. I get the weirdly satisfying (and occasionally frustrating) job of formatting the… Continue reading Degrees-Minutes-Seconds, Decimal Degrees, and Eastings and Northings

Paper Size in QGIS 3 Print Layouts

I make most of my maps for publications and presentations in QGIS using the Print Layout feature. This is a wonderfully detailed tutorial if you want to learn more about print layouts. Right now I'm using the print layout to make maps of pH, organic matter, and soil test potassium to include in an update… Continue reading Paper Size in QGIS 3 Print Layouts

Global Yield Gap Atlas

I've used the Global Yield Gap Atlas for a few projects over the last couple years, and it's a great resource. GYGA measures the yield gap (difference between potential yield and achieved yield) of many crops grown in many environments, and provides downloadable data for other researchers. One tool I use from GYGA is their… Continue reading Global Yield Gap Atlas

Choosing Chart Types

Have you ever wanted an infographic about making infographics? I found this one when looking for a succinct summary of some cool new visualization types like bubble charts and word clouds and thought it was worth sharing. Infographic from Venngage available here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/thumbnails.venngage.com/template/30a6a1a8-ecae-4479-9a46-5fe23ea0d448.png The above infographic focuses on the goals of your graphic. Do you… Continue reading Choosing Chart Types