Unfarmed areas could offer yield boost

Does unfarmed land next to your fields boost yields?

A new University of Calgary study aims to see if fields next to grassed areas, fencelines, wetlands, tree lines, and similar adjacent areas have higher yields. Studies in the U.S., U.K., Northern Europe, and Australia have found that, like shelterbelts, unfarmed areas give a yield boost.

Researcher Jess Vickruck is seeking two to three years of GPS yield data, which will be aggregated so no individual farms are identified.

Alberta Canola Producers’ Association is encouraging producers to “participate in this fascinating project.” It will be another year before the four-year study, now in its second year, will have enough data to measure any connection.

For more info, contact Vickruck at [email protected] or 403-220-3465.

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