ACORN Conference Program

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Know Your Varieties: Effective On-farm Variety Trials

Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

We will cover the importance of on-farm variety trialing in the organic production context. Designing effective and farmer-friendly variety trials that meet the needs of the small organic grower. This session will cover how to select the right crop(s) and (check) varieties to trial, as well as practical strategies for randomizing and replicating your variety trials, and observing and evaluating them in the field. Drawing on case studies of pepper and lettuce variety trials in Iowa, this session will illustrate the impact of good variety trailing for organic vegetable and vegetable seed producers.

All Levels
MacDonald Room