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Proceedings of the

On-Farm Research Conference

Using research to increase yield

(18-19 December 2008, Ames, Iowa)





Organizers:

Daren S. Mueller
Iowa State University

Paul D. Esker
University of Wisconsin

Philip M. Dixon
Iowa State University

Gregory L. Tylka
Iowa State University


With evolving technologies and changing job descriptions, Extension specialists, agribusinesses and growers increasingly are conducting on-farm crop research. But many are not equipped with the proper training to plan or complete these experiments successfully. Just like other research venues, on-farm research must be properly planned and executed for the resulting data to answer management issues accurately. Also, many growers and agribusinesses are inundated with data on which to base critical decisions about production practices, and these data and their interpretations are not always scientifically sound. These on-farm research presentations provide basic information to complete, recognize, and understand scientifically-sound crop production research. The information will help growers understand valid research to promote wise crop production and protection decisions, which is an integral goal of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).


Presentations:

Section One: The Basics

• Planning an Experiment. Ken Moore. Iowa State University. View Webcast

• How to Improve Chances of a Successful Trial. Josh Sievers. Iowa State University. View Webcast

• Tools for Conducting On-Farm Research. Richard Ferguson. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. View Webcast

• Soil Fertility On-Farm Research Methods and Measurements. Antonio Mallarino. Iowa State University. View Webcast


Section Two: Data Collection

• Basics of Data Collection. Philip Dixon. Iowa State University.
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• Managing Data in On-Farm Research. Darrin Roberts. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. View Webcast

• Collecting Agronomic Production Data. Palle Pedersen. Iowa State University. View Webcast

• Methods for Collecting Plant Disease Data. Alison Robertson. Iowa State University. View Webcast

• Collecting Insect Data. Matt O’Neal. Iowa State University. View Webcast


Section Three: Improving the Data

• Weather/Climate Information for Agricultural Research. Brian Hornbuckle. Iowa State University. View Webcast

• Economics and On-Farm Research. Chad Hart. Iowa State University. View Webcast

• Instrumentation, Sample, and Data Handling. Charles Hurburgh. Iowa State University. View Webcast


Section Four: Statistics and Research Design

• Identifying Good Experiments and Valid Results. Paul D. Esker. University of Wisconsin-Madison. View Webcast

• Statistics and On-farm Research. Phil Dixon. Iowa State University and Paul Esker. University of Wisconsin-Madison. View Webcast





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