It has been a busy summer for the Quinte Soil and Crop Improvement Association as we have moved forward to establish the Quinte Farm Research and Stewardship Collaborative (QFRSC). QFRSC is a network of farmers, researches and conservation authorities focused on modern agricultural practices in relation to soil health, water quality and new technologies. A major objective of QFRSC is to enhance engagement opportunities with partners and farmers for better sharing of information.
QFRSC is currently looking for farmers to participate in the Collaborative project. Farmers who engage with the Collaborative can be provided a free in-depth soil analysis to determine the efficiencies of current farming practices on their fields, in exchange for allowing the data to be aggregated for research. QFRSC can connect farmers to new technologies and grant programs to keep nutrients on fields, therefore hopefully saving farmers time and money for future growing seasons.The QFRSC coordinator controls the flow of data and personal information, allowing participating farmers to remain anonymous if desired.
QFRSC is looking for farmers in the Quinte area who primarily grow corn, soybeans and wheat in rotation and may use cover crops and manure application to soils. For ease of monitoring, farms with tiled drains would be preferred for this work. However, the Collaborative is looking to engage with as many Quinte farmers as possible, even if they don’t exactly meet the listed targets!
QFRSC hosts a free webinar every third Tuesday of the month on Zoom from 7:30- 9:00pm. Two expert presenters are featured on a given topic related to QFRSC’s focus. Anyone can join the webinars by clicking: tinyurl.com/QFRSCWebinar. Farmers are encouraged to share results and their experience with QFRSC’s social media platforms. Follow QFRSC on Facebook and Twitter @QuinteCollab.
If you would like more information on the program or would like to engage your farm, please contact Lindsay Nash, Quinte Farm Research and Stewardship Collaborative Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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