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Researchers seeking Del., Md. farmers

by | Mar 19, 2021

NEWARK, Del. — Researchers from the University of Maryland and University of Delaware are looking for farmers throughout both states to participate in a research project evaluating decision making surrounding adoption of nitrogen management tools including commercially available nitrogen models, drone imagery and Pre-Sidress Nitrate Test.
The researchers plan to implement a field trial in the 2021 growing season that contains six nitrogen rates applied to corn in four replicates in strips (about 15 feet wide by 300 feet long) totaling about 2.5 acres.
Participants will be trained on the use of various nitrogen management tools and will be paid for their participation in the trial pending eligibility to receive EQIP funding.
The researchers said participants must have the ability to apply prescribed nitrogen rates and record yield at harvest using a calibrated yield monitor.
Participants will be required to participate in a pre-season interview in April, a one-on-one post-harvest debrief session and a focus group in November or December, all likely taking place virtually.
Farmers who have not previously partnered with Extension on research projects are also encouraged to participate.
For more information, contact Dr. Nicole Fiorellino at University of Maryland at nfiorell@umd.edu or Dr. Amy Shober at University of Delaware at ashober@udel.edu.
The project titled, “A solutions-based evaluation of barriers to farmer adoption of in-season nitrogen decision support tools,” is funded through Natural Resource Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials grant program awarded to University of Maryland, University of Delaware, and Pennsylvania State University in 2020.

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