Working With NC State Researchers on Your Farm

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Are you a farmer interested in working with N.C. Cooperative Extension to conduct research on your farm?

Listen to this podcast where Agricultural Agents Jacob Morgan and Jenny Carleo discuss what is involved and how it can benefit you.

Here are a few things to consider about participating in on-farm research trials with NC State:

Communication – Agents and Specialists appreciate two-way communication between NC State and the farmer. Be sure to ask questions, keep us informed of any field conditions, timeline or equipment changes. Let us know what your own goals are for the project.

Participation  – Attend Extension meetings and workshops, share your input with others. One of the best things about on-farm research is the farmer-to-farmer education. If you are participating in Extension meetings, leadership roles or research trials, know that other farmers want to hear from you about your experiences and what you’ve learned along the way.

Cooperation – Be patient with the research process. Consider the time spent as an investment in your future. When it comes to research, the quality of the data is a higher priority than efficiency of the work. It will always take some extra time to conduct research, which requires patience from everyone involved. Taking the time to do things correctly can greatly affect the quality of the results, which can ultimately affect your bottom-line for years to come.

Benefits to you – There are some added benefits to your farm from participation. You’ll get more frequent contact and the chance to meet with your Agent or Specialist one-on-one. We have eyes directly on your crops and can often spot concerns early enough to control them. Typically you will receive some materials at no cost that will be used in the project, just as seed or chemicals that have been purchased or donated specifically for testing.

More information – Results of the 2020-2021 Soybean On-Farm Trial Program directed by Dr. Rachel Vann and the NC Soybean Producers Association. If you are interested in collaborating with us on a research project please reach out to your County Agent and let us know. We want to hear from you!