The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) University of Madison-Wisconsin, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), and eOrganic will host a two-part webinar series on how to conduct on-farm variety trials.
The most important tool on any farm are their seeds, so being able to identify the best varieties for each farmer is a huge part of the job. Strong seeds are particularly important for organic farmers who avoid chemicals pesticides, because it means their seeds must be stronger enough to protect themselves from disease or pest pressures.
OSA has created this webinar series to provide horticultural crop and small grain growers with the skills and knowledge to conduct their own effective farm trials, so that they can better discover and understand what works best for their farms. This includes showing farmers updated methods for conducting simple on-farm trials, with an introduction to a new online tool that helps growers manage their trial data. The webinars also address how to manage risk in crop variety and seed sourcing decisions.
While these webinars are open to everyone, they are more geared towards farmers with at least two seasons of production experience. There are two webinars that each tackle different subjects; the first deals with trial planning, planting, and management, while the second discusses trial evaluation, analysis, and interpretation. The first is set for March 20, with the second planned for April 11. Both of these workshops are made possible thanks to a grant awarded through the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).
These webinars are a great way to help farmers get connected with farming technologies bring their farms into a successful and modern age. The first webinar is coming up fast, so register today and get involved with the future of farming.
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