NPR - EFIELDS: CONNECTING SCIENCE TO FIELDS
Ohio State University Extension has a long standing tradition of using on-farm research to enhance education through collaboration with farmers. Recently, to address the need for improved communication and sharing of research results, a team of Extension educators and researchers came together to formalize an on-farm research network. The program, eFields: Connecting Science to Fields, aims to be the premier source of research-based information in the age of digital agriculture. The program began in 2017 with 39 field-scale trials including high speed planting, corn and soybean seeding rate trials, corn nitrogen trials, and side dressing corn with manure using a drag hose. In 2018, over 100 trials were conducted in 23 counties. Analysis was expanded to include the economics of seeding rate, nitrogen rate and nitrogen timing studies to help farmers improve input decision making. Research results are reported in an annual publication that is available as a printed book and an electronic version at go.osu.edu/eFields. Implementation of results from the seeding rate trials alone on corn and soybean acreage across Ohio has the potential to generate $1 million USD in savings for farm managers.
Keywords: Research, Inputs, Production, Profitability