With low commodity prices, organic production is one thing growers can look at to improve the profitability of their farm. In 2017, we had several trials showcasing how much a grower can profit on a successful organic production. Below are just a couple examples of cost and profit breakdowns.
This year we began using burners to control weed and insects. Burning kills weeds by vaporizing the water in the plant’s cells, causing the plant die. It also controls insects through the vaporization of water. We performed numerous burns in both corn and soybeans, and compared these yields to areas we did not burn. The […]
On The Research Farm, we focus on yield, but we want yield at a reasonable cost. One of the trials we performed this year was to examine the return-on-investment (ROI) of BigYield’s BP In-Furrow treatment on corn, as well as a new Selective Release Nitrogen (SRN). After the trials, we observed that both the BP […]
Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) is used to measure photosynthetic activity and health in plants. We have performed mapping with NDVI here on the research farm to predict the yield of crops. In this study, we measure the effects of various yield enhancing products, while taking NDVI imagery. The NDVI imagery allowed a relative estimate […]
We recently planted a large seed variety trial plot here at The Farm Research Center. This is an experiment done to see which seed varieties are growing best in this years conditions. For our plot, we planted a total of 41 different seed varieties. We planted 8 rows of filler seed at each edge of […]
We’re all about trying new types of research here at The Farm Research Center. We recently planted a plot of soybeans with an In-furrow application of yield enhancing product. In-furrow means that we put the product in the row with the seed at the time of planting using a specialized planter. We used a brand […]