The Missouri Strip Trial Program
A New Opportunity for Farmers and Crop Advisors
The Missouri Strip Trial Program is a new, grower-focused program for 2016, designed to help Missouri farmers and crop advisors compare on-farm management decisions and practices in a low-cost, low-risk setting.
This program will use on-farm and field-scale research to provide growers with farm-specific data and information they can use to guide decisions and evaluate best management practices while protecting or improving their bottom line.
The program tools and personalized summary report will be available at no cost for Missouri growers involved in the strip trial program.
How the Program will work:
Farmers will use their own precision ag equipment to conduct on-farm research in their own crop fields.
Participating farmers will work with a specialist from the University of Missouri Extension, or other crop consultant of their choice to guide the planning, implementation and methodology used for the trial.
This extra guidance and assistance helps ensure growers receive a reliable, statically valid and unbiased evaluation of a particular practice, method or idea.
The primary tools employed in the program are replicated strip trials and in-season aerial imagery.
Strip trials are just as they sound, multiple long strips laid out side-by-side in a field that have different management practices - also called treatments. The treatment "strips" are created using a grower's own field scale equipment.
Results and information from trials:
When coupled with in-season aerial imagery and GPS referenced yield monitor data, trials will allow farmers to evaluate two or three agronomic treatments through carefully managed, side-by-side comparisons.
Results will be compiled into a personalized report for each participating farmer. Growers will also have access to aggregated results from trials in their area and across the state to evaluate the effectiveness and the economic pros and cons of the different management practices.
Individual results will be kept strictly confidential. Statewide and regional results will be summarized for outreach purposes and to highlight and promote existing farm practice advancements and BMP adoption in Missouri.
Examples of trials available in 2016:
Sign up for more information.
Participation in the new strip trial program will begin with the 2016 growing season. Signups are set to begin in January around the state with outreach on the program incorporated into Missouri Corn Growers and Soybean Association district meetings. Information is also available on the following website www.striptrial.missouri.edu or by contacting the program staff below.
This program is made possible by support from the Missouri Corn and Soybean Merchandising Councils, their checkoff and the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service.
The Strip Trial Program is funded in part by Missouri corn and soybean farmers and their checkoff.