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Significant hardware upgrades made in the Research Program

This April we invested in equipment which will enhance our research capabilities: an automated weather station and a no-till drill. The weather station, installed on our new research farm will log temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation and photosynthetically active radiation. This will allow us to more accurately measure these parameters, essential for characterizing plant growth and eliminating the need for manual data collection and reliance on National Weather Service data from a remote location. We hope to add soil temperature measurements at several depths in the near-future and make data available on-line for public use in real time.

The no-till drill is a key component for our organic no-till research. This year we are piloting no-till corn research based on trials last year and will use the drill to establish plots for a full-blown trial in 2020.