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Plot2Farm Program Receives $250k Investment

The Plot2Farm Program, an initiative led by Alberta Grains, received a $250,000 investment to deliver on-farm demonstration and educational outreach to wheat and barley producers allowing them to improve agronomic practices. The investment is being provided through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, funded by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

The Plot2Farm Program has been offered to producers since 2020. Since inception, 18 trials have been completed, allowing participant farmers to learn about new crop varieties while understanding beneficial agronomic practices and receiving technical support throughout the growing season.

The Plot2Farm model encourages wheat and barley producers to implement trials based on specific agronomic questions. Applicants are screened based on several factors, including the value of trial results to Alberta farmers, the feasibility of success, and the inclusion of new technology, such as innovative equipment, new crop varieties, and cutting-edge products. The Plot2Farm trials investigate several growing practices, such as seeding rates, plant growth regulator use, fertilizer rates, and other crop input variables.

To ensure that program outcomes are shared across the industry, various extension methods are employed, including: field days, a results website, grower event presentations, and social media content. By promoting informed decision-making and adopting best management practices, the Plot2Farm program contributes to a more sustainable and productive agricultural industry in Alberta and western Canada.



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