Water for Food

Patricio Grassini


Cropping Systems Agronomist

Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
University of Nebraska‒Lincoln

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Patricio Grassini’s research, extension and educational activities focus on narrowing the gap between actual and potential crop yield. He studies crop physiology, yield potential, simulation modeling and resource- and energy-use efficiencies across a diverse range of cropping systems, including dryland crops in South America and sub-Saharan Africa and high-yield irrigated corn-soybean systems in the U.S. Corn Belt.

He currently leads a project to benchmark on-farm yields and input-use efficiencies in irrigated corn-soybean systems in Nebraska to improve producer profits while protecting the environment. Patricio also leads the Yield Forecasting Center, which provides real time corn yield forecasts across a large number of locations in the U.S. Corn Belt. He is also helping to develop the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas, an international effort to identify gaps between actual and potential yield for major cropping systems worldwide.

Grassini received a doctorate in agronomy from UNL and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and a Fling Fellowship. Patricio is Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Field Crops Research journal.


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