Farmers in Ontario interested in joining the Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network can now apply to the program. 100 spots are available, 50 of which are open to Ontario wheat growers; the balance of spots will be offered to American growers in the Great Lakes region.
Farmers participating in the Great Lakes YEN will agree to collect soil, tissue, and grain samples at specific times throughout the duration of the project and send them to a lab for analysis. Additionally, they are expected to:
- Keep a record of all crop inputs, track crop growth stages, and enter field data by established deadlines.
- Download software and/or an app and use it for data entry
- Participate in the year-end meeting
- Accept and arrange third-party verification of yield harvested in 2022
This program will encourage farmers to try new things and learn from data that are comparable across the Great Lakes region. Every field is different and has different yield potential based on a multitude of factors, such as environment (rainfall, sunlight), soil (water holding capacity, nutrient levels), and management (inputs used and timing).
Applications will close on August 15, 2021. Farmers will be notified of their acceptance by August 30, 2021, for a program launch of September 2021.
For more information on the Great Lakes YEN project visit https://www.GreatLakesYEN.com or look for the hashtag #GreatLakesYEN.