Submitted by: OSCIA Provincial office

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is pleased to announce the launch of our new applied research website, www.osciaresearch.org. While this is a new OSCIA website, it is directly linked to our main site and users can seamlessly navigate between the two. This project stems in part from previous OSCIA resolutions which asked for more intuitive online resources. This new website houses technical and summary reports for OSCIA’s applied research programs, such as On-Farm Applied Research and Monitoring (ONFARM), OSCIA Tier 2 grant projects, and Crop Advances, all in one convenient and easy-to-use location and is an excellent tool for disseminating knowledge gained from all the great research OSCIA is involved in.

OSCIA is actively seeking, testing, and adopting optimal farm production and stewardship practices through our varied applied research projects. These research opportunities allow for better understanding of current agricultural practices and how they can be best utilized by Ontario’s producers. As an association on the leading edge of this research, the new applied research website provides the opportunity to showcase all our current and previous results in a clear and functional location. A full list of OSCIA research priorities can be found on the applied research website.

Currently, background information on the ONFARM program, as well as a map of the 32 cooperator farm sites, can be found on the applied research website. Further project information, results, videos, photos, articles, and reports will be shared as they become available.

Launched in late 2019, the ONFARM Program is a four-year, applied research initiative delivered by OSCIA on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to support soil health and water quality research on farms across Ontario. This network of sites and newly established partnerships will help to build a stronger understanding of best management practices (BMPs) and their effect on soil health and water quality on Ontario farmland.

Other applied research reports, such as Crop Advances and OSCIA Tier 2 projects, can be found on the applied research site. Crop Advances are reports that summarize many of the projects which the Field Crop Team and staff from OMAFRA were involved with over the past few years in partnership with commodity groups, industry, and OSCIA. Projects include field trials, resource tool developments, and activities, as well as highlight some of the key extension events which the OMAFRA Field Crop Team and staff from the Agriculture Development Branch are involved in. OSCIA, in partnership with OMAFRA, funds several Tier 2 applied research projects. These projects focus on soil health and provide an important opportunity for regional associations to take a lead on the implementation and communication of applied research. The 2019 Crop Advances and OSCIA Tier 2 project reports can be easily found using our new interactive mapping tool on the applied research website, with links to project summaries.

Please visit www.osciaresearch.org to explore what this new site has to offer. Any questions can be directed to Alexandra Dacey, programs analyst, at
adacey@ontariosoilcrop.org or 519-826-4212.

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