Demonstration of Innovative Corn Production Technologies: Interseeding Cover Crops (Relay Cropping), Variable Rate Planting, and Strip Tillage [fi17]
|Status||in progress: Feb 2019 to Jan 2023|
|Project Lead||Bar WT Farms|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Bar WT Farms , Environmental Farm Plan Beneficial Management Practices|
|Other Partners||Witt Precision Ag, BC Forage Council, Union Forage|
This multi-year project will demonstrate and evaluate three corn production practices for corn silage and grain production: inter-seeding cover crops (relay cropping), variable rate planting and strip tillage. The project will evaluate the effectiveness of these practices to adapt to the impacts of climate change – in this case, drier summer conditions that can lower corn yields – and the potentially positive impact of a longer growing season.
Two primary trial locations will be used with differing growing season lengths to capture the conditions of most of the 125+ beef, dairy, forage and grain corn producers in BC’s southern interior. The project will use a range of treatments and evaluate their effectiveness by measuring yield and quality, soil moisture, soil and plant health, and nutrients and qualitative factors. The project will include a cost-benefit analysis for each of the demonstrated practices to show the potential for producer adoption. Project results will be shared through field days, presentations at producer meetings, fact sheets and reports.