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Summer time at MFAI

While the normal summer heat and humidity continues to build and many of you are looking for a beach or cooler areas to vacation, summer is one of our busiest times of the year at MFAI. This is our prime growing season and staff is scrambling to keep up with all the data collection at our research plots and still manage their everyday job requirements.

As many of you know we continue to run our organic corn breeding program, look at cover crops planted alone for nutrient replenishment and soil health or interseeded in a corn crop to suppress weeds and provide additional nitrogen. We have 200 acres that are halfway through the 36 months organic transition period and if that is not enough we added Industrial Hemp to our ongoing research programs.

On July 6 – 7, 2018 we held our summer board meeting and toured our new research farm in transition to organic production (see photos below). On this farm we have established 30+ 1 acres plots to conduct replicated studies for both organic and biodynamic agriculture’s research needs. During the transition we are doing crop rotation studies and collecting soil samples to look at the changes in soil organic matter, micro-flora and nutrient availability as we move from conventional to organic production.

Also, if you have an interest in Industrial hemp production, mark your calendars and plan to attend our first Industrial Hemp Field Day on September 4, 2018. In cooperation with Turtle Creek Farms and Legacy Hemp, we will be showcasing Industrial Hemp grown for grain production, as a cover crop and high CBD oil content. At the field day we will provide information on growing and marketing this new crop and let you see firsthand the results of an unusual 2018 growing season. We are looking forward to hosting you on Sept. 4th, sign-up now to attend.

As always, if you are in the East Troy area, please stop for a visit! Have a great summer and growing season.

Perry Brown
Executive Director