Learn about our Contract Research Unit
Part 2 of 5
We’ve learned about why Farming Smarter restructured itself into smaller business units and what units came out of it. This post we are going to be looking into the contract research unit.
The contract research unit, led by research associate Trevor Deering, does research for private companies on crop protection and management products and techniques. This includes pesticide spray trials and herbicide efficacy and phytotoxicity testing.
Deering says they also do crop variety trials, biostimulant and biological studies as well as management trials. Deering had two hard-working students this year that ensured they reached the goals of the many trials in the ground.
One example of contract research by the unit is the Rolling Barley study conducted with Complete Agronomic Services. This study examines the effects of rolling barley at various stages of crop growth. “By working with companies to conduct these trials we help products and techniques reach farmers to help them farm smarter and better their crops,” says Deering.