An upcoming conference aims to help strip-tillers, consultants and anyone else interested in data-based crop production management conduct their own on-farm experiments using precision technology.
David Bullock, a University of Illinois professor and 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference speaker, and his colleagues are putting on the International Conference for On-Farm Precision Experimentation Jan. 8-11, 2024, in South Padre Island, Tx. The purpose of the conference is to present and promote a revolution in agricultural sciences that moves agronomic experimentation from university- and corporate-owned fields to farmers’ own fields.
The conference is organized by the multi-university Data-Intensive Farm Management Project (DIFM) and sponsored by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Since 2016, DIFM has worked with hundreds of farmers on 3 continents and more than 20 U.S. states running on-farm precision experiments to examine the effects changing fertilization, planting and other input application rates on the yield and protein outputs of numerous crops, including corn, wheat, barley, canola, soybeans and cotton.