Grower-driven on-farm research collaborative project seeking participating farms
K-State Extension state specialists, area agronomists, and county/district agents are again seeking to collaborate with producers in establishing on-farm and large-scale research plots in 2017. Kansas Corn Commissions is providing funding for an expansion of the on-farm program in 2017 with checkoff dollars.
The goal of our on-farm research collaborative project is to establish a network of on-farm research farmer collaborators with the main purpose of providing research results on production practices at the state, regional or local scale, under a wide set of growing conditions.
We believe there are no losers in this program as all parties will benefit. Farmers involved in this collaborative research effort, will be empowered to solve their own problems and will have greater confidence in making decisions related to their production practices. This program is not designed to be the typical strip-trial, review the scientific findings process on a small-scale plot.
The on-farm research collaborative project is farmer-run research, thus information will be produced and used by farmers. Farmer participation is the key component of this project and farmers will be the main beneficiary.
What do I gain from participating?
Maximize resources and yields.The project has a main goal to improve yields and/or minimizing input costs, increasing overall efficiency in the state of Kansas.
Creating an environment for ongoing improvement.The project will help producers learn the best ways to design an on-farm test so you can obtain reliable information on a specific question related to their own farms.
Feel empowered in decisions making.The outcomes from this project will empower our producers to make sound decisions with confidence and will aid researchers in identifying and communicating areas for future research.
Who are the key players?
1. Kansans farmers: Farmers are the main players, the ones who will implement the trials, collect the data and utilize the results.
2. Extension Agricultural Agents: The agents are the “gatekeepers” of this project. They will work very closely with farmers and can assist, if needed, with information and/or help on implementing the trials.
3. K-State Extension State Specialists and Area Agronomists: K-State faculty will assist Extension agents and Kansas farmers in developing the protocols, implementing trials and analyzing the data generated at the on-farm scale.
Research data (small-plots) vs. On-farm data (large-plots): What is the main different between these concepts?
Information produced at research stations has the following features:
Small plot size = small variability (“controlled conditions”)
Intensive sampling = usually related to a graduate student project, with many samples taken throughout the growing season
More complex and more treatments can be evaluated
Small sample size = measurements may be less representative of “real” farm conditions
On-farm data have the following features:
Large plot size = higher variability due to uncontrollable variation within each plot
Less intensive sampling
Less complex and fewer (two or three) treatments can be evaluated
Large sample size = measurements may more closely represent “real” farm conditions
For more information contact Ignacio Ciampitti, Corn Extension Specialist with K-State
Research and Extension, by phone at 785-532-6940 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.