Now in its third year, the Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley Plot2Farm program is turning out some excellent data regarding questions on nitrogen management, the timing of plant growth regulators, and seeding rates.
Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy research extension agronomist with the commissions, says the field-scale, on-farm research program provides producers with the framework to implement their own research trials and is centred around specific agronomic challenges or goals. The Plot2Farm program also offers support through final data analysis, economic analysis where appropriate, and an explanation on findings.
This year there were 12 projects to start the year, but only 10 were taken to yield, as Mother Nature threw a few curveballs in the form of hail and untimely rain, Boychyn says. Trials this year looked at seeding rates, biological fixing foliar products, in-crop nitrogen, and how crops respond to these variables. (Story continues below video)
Looking ahead, so far topics for 2023 include seeding rates of wheat and barley, variety comparisons, fungicides applications on different varieties, and enhanced efficiency fertilizer.
Applications for the 2023 season are open to Alberta farmers until the end of February.