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Growing Knowledge: Area One Farms Research Program
Research is a key component of Area One Farm’s drive to grow sustainable and profitable farming operations in Canada. With land set aside at our partner operation in East Central Alberta, we annually invest in exploring new crop management practices and techniques and make the findings freely available.
Area One Farms Research 2017: Cover Crops
Our Cover Crops have been planted and their coming up! East view: 20 acres of Ultimate Forage Blend, 20 acres of Pinpoint Blend. Down to Earth, 20 acres of Ultimate Forage Blend with one tillage style and 32 acres of Ultimate Forage Blend with a different tillage style.
We set out to put in cover crops, in the Eastview Plots that meant pre-spray. In the Down to Earth plots that meant tillage because these plots are in transition to organic and have been in grass. It has not been straight forward (neither have the spayed cover crops, but more on that in our next blog)!
Seeding time for grains is just over and our research plots with grains are seeded and already emerging! We seeded 6 plots to wheat and two to soybeans with our John Deere 1590 single disk drill. The plots are now ready for a summer of testing and comparison.