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.