4 Steps to a Successful On-Farm Research Trial


If you’re like many modern farmers, you want specific answers to your toughest agronomy questions. What’s more, answers from a province away or even a few hundred kilometers away aren’t good enough — you want results garnered from your farm, with your soil and using your management practices. That means using the technology you’ve already got to set up your own on-farm research trials.

But before you head out there and get check-strip happy, Ross McKenzie, of McKenzie Ag Consulting, has a few key tips for making your time and effort actually worth the time and effort it takes to run a proper on-farm trial.

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In this interview filmed at FarmTech at Edmonton, Shaun Haney asks McKenzie what the number one mistake is that farmers are making in setting up trials, and what steps they need to take to ensure that the “facts” they glean from these trials are reliable and relevant. From the importance of replication, to seeing the trial right through to harvest, to committing enough years to the project, check out McKenzie’s top tips for on-farm research.

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