Demonstration of Innovative Corn Production Technologies [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 assist producers with adapting to the impacts of climate change, including drier summer conditions that can lower corn yields and the potential opportunity associated with an extended growing and grazing season.
Two primary trial locations — with differing growing season lengths — will be used to capture the conditions of most of the 125+ beef, dairy, forage and grain corn producers in BC’s southern interior.
The project will test a range of treatments and evaluate their effectiveness by measuring yield and quality, soil moisture, soil and plant health, 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.