AGRONOMY DEVELOPMENT PLOTS

Check back weekly for information, updates, pictures, and results of our Agronomy Development Plots we have located at our home farm in Oxford Centre.

 

In our Agronomy Improvement Plots, we experiment with new ideas which we think can bring more profit to our agriculture. Some of these ideas include VR (variable rate) fertilizer, VR plant population, multi-hybrid planting, compaction testing, cover crops, strip-till experiments, and much more!

 

For questions, comments, or suggestions contact ADP Project Manager: Ken Martin at ken@veldalefarms.com or (519) 533-8162

 

2018 Season

 

All plots will be tested with the Trimble SIS and we will use Climate FieldView for the analytics. We will also use VR technology for the variable rate fertilizer, plant population, and plant varieties.

 

Plot 1 - Dekalb Corn Variety Plot

This plot will showcase 12 different Dekalb grain corn and corn silage varieties.

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Plot 2 - Winter Wheat Plot

This plot is currently seeded into winter wheat and will be the site for our cover crop species plot after wheat harvest.

 

Plot 3 - Soybean Plot

  1. 12 rows: Flat rate fertilizer and flat rate population

  2. 12 rows: Variable rate fertilizer and flat rate population

  3. 12 rows: Variable rate fertilizer and variable rate population

  4. 12 rows: Variable rate fertilizer, variable rate population, multi-hybrid planting

 

 

Plot 4 - Grain Corn Plot

  1. 12 rows: Flat rate fertilizer and flat rate population

  2. 12 rows: Variable rate fertilizer and flat rate population

  3. 12 rows: Variable rate fertilizer and variable rate population

  4. 12 rows: Variable rate fertilizer, variable rate population, multi-hybrid planting

 This plot will also be inter-seeded with cover crops between the cornrows.

Plot 5 - Compaction Plot

We will compact half of the plot with a full manure tank and test for compaction with the SIS. Corn and soybeans will be grown on this plot. We hope this will give us an indication of the real impact of compacted soils and crop performance.