A cross-border initiative between the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), Michigan State College, Michigan Wheat Program, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and the College of Guelph will see the creation of a Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) for wheat growers.
Introduced June 9, the Great Lakes YEN is a part of the worldwide group of Yield Enhancement Networks, first initiated 9 years in the past by ADAS, an unbiased agricultural and environmental consultancy, and supplier of rural improvement and coverage recommendation in the UK.
Via the collaboration of agricultural stakeholders within the Great Lakes area within the U.S. and Ontario, the Great Lakes YEN will join farmers, agronomists, lecturers, extension specialists, agriculture organizations, and extra, to analyze, measure, and perceive yield potential and the precise yield of a given area.
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Starting with a concentrate on winter wheat, the Great Lakes YEN may also construct better understanding of the rising areas across the Great Lakes, establish alternatives for change and betterment from a yield perspective, and doubtlessly extra concerning the environmental and financial advantages of present practices, GFO says.
YENs encourage farmers to attempt new issues and be taught from knowledge which might be comparable throughout a area, utilizing estimated yield potential as a information. YEN seems at elements that affect yield potential comparable to rainfall, daylight, soil water holding capability and nutrient ranges, plus the inputs used, and timing of software.
Each farm concerned within the Great Lakes YEN will share soil, tissue, and complete plant evaluation for comparability and benchmarking, which can permit the Great Lakes YEN team to provide higher perception into every area‘s efficiency. Farmers will be taught extra about how their wheat crop develops and produces yield and how they evaluate to their friends.
“We are excited about the collaboration through this project and what it could mean for farmers,” says Paul Hoekstra, vice chairman, strategic improvement, at GFO. “Collaborating with groups such as Michigan State University, Michigan Wheat Program, OMAFRA, and the University of Guelph will give us greater insight into factors limiting wheat yields across the region and will be able to directly help farmers identify how to achieve more of their estimated yield potential.”
As soon as harvest is full, knowledge can be compiled and reported again to every participant by way of a field-specific written report in addition to via a regional occasion. Particular person farm knowledge can be particular to every grower, GFO says.
Functions for the 2021-2022 Great Lakes YEN can be accepted as of July 5, 2021. For extra info on the Great Lakes YEN venture go to https://www.GreatLakesYEN.com or search for the hashtag #GreatLakesYEN on social media.