Test new crops with on-farm research

This template introduces the value of testing new crops to adapt to climate change and walks through the steps to carry out a research trial.

It provides tips on:

  • Deciding what to test
  • Finding the best location for test plots
  • Laying out test plots
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Interpreting results

The template includes a case study of a producer who tested two varieties of the drought-tolerant species sorghum-sudangrass, seeded at two different rates under dryland conditions. The producer’s goal was to extend fall grazing on dryland pasture.

This resource is part of a series of Grab & Go research templates: see also using mulches and improving soil health. They were developed to support farmers in Kootenay & Boundary but can be applied across BC.

For more details about conducting research trials, view the guide to on-farm demonstration research.

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Template (fillable) - Testing New Crops - 2021

8 MB, pdf