Agricultural production advances occur incessantly. Constant development and marketing of a myriad of crop genetics, equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, and management practices require evaluation via research to enable the wise adoption of beneficial products and practices. Research conducted on farmer’s fields by farmers themselves or in cooperation with industry or university partners is a useful approach to comparing the new to the old and facilitate decisions to embrace change. Field-scale research is more realistic and believable to farmers and the agricultural industry thus encourages the adoption of proven products and practices. Better yet, a well designed field-scale research study is superior to traditional small plot research in detecting grain yield differences!
Soil Science Extension
University of Wisconsin Madison