Course Information Tools for Agriculture - On-farm research

Jump to: navigation, search

About the webinar

This webinar is the third session in the course "Information Tools for Agriculture".

This lesson will provide a basic understanding of on-farm research, designed to test new management practices or products for possible adoption into the general farm management system. Emphasis is on making it easy to implement with field-scale equipment, easy to analyze with simple data management and analysis, and simple to interpret the results.

  • Why do on-farm research
  • Deciding what to study
  • Laying out the plots
    • Importance of replication
    • Value of randomization
  • Monitoring progress
  • Managing the data
    • Collecting and cleaning the data
    • Analyzing the data
    • Interpreting the results

The lesson will include demonstrations and hands-on experience working with some simple research tools designed for on-farm research. These are stand-alone programs and Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet tools designed to simplify data management for on-farm studies.

Panelists & Participants

Panelists included:

  • Dr Harold Reetz, Reetz Agronomics, Monticello, IL
  • Ed Di Pollina, GeoAgro Team Leader

Video recording


Download Link


The following polls were carried out during the webinar:

Do you conduct experiments on your farm or with your customers to test new products, genetics or equipment before making decisions?

Image: Webinar20101123_Poll1.png

Do you use precision farming technology?

Image: Webinar20101123_Poll2.png

How do you consider acquiring skills to use the data anlysis tools in Microsoft excel to analyze results of your on-farm experience?

Image: Webinar20101123_Poll3.png