Research On The Farm

Research On The Farm

Manitoba Crop Alliance’s Research on the Farm program conducts scientific research with farmer members – on their fields, with their own equipment. Farmers are involved in trial planning, establishment, treatment implementation and harvest.

Trials are managed with the support and guidance of agronomists and staff trained in conducting on-farm trials. Protocols are simple to implement and developed using questions from farmer members.

For more information, or to participate in the Research on the Farm program, please contact:

Madison Kostal
Research & Production Coordinator
Manitoba Crop Alliance

Program Objectives

  • Involve farmers in the scientific method, in collaboration with research specialists. 
  • Test new practices or products over a wide range of farming environments to guide management decisions. 
  • Ensure that protocols are simple and practical to implement.
  • Determine whether a practice is effective or not through assessment of economic and/or environmental parameters.

Benefits of On-Farm Research

  • On-farm research benefits farmers by demonstrating how products or practices behave on their own farm. The research question is answered immediately – with results that are directly relevant to their soil type, environment and equipment. 
  • On-farm research also benefits the industry. By involving farmers in the scientific method, results can be drawn from a wide range of environments. Data accumulates quickly and can be used to make inferences that are relevant over a wide geographical region.


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