Perspective of US farmers on collaborative on-farm agronomic research

Project Type: Graduate Student
Funds awarded in 2021: $14,832.00
Projected End Date: 03/30/2024
Grant Recipient: Kansas State University
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Graduate Student:
Faculty Advisor:
Chuck Rice
Kansas State University
Faculty Advisor:
Ignacio Ciampitti
Kansas State University, Department of Agronomy
Dorivar Ruiz Diaz
Kansas State University, Department of Agronomy
On-farm research has emerged in recent years as a unique approach to involve farmers and other agricultural stakeholders as active participants in knowledge development and as an effective method of technology and innovation transfer across farms. This study assessed the perspective and knowledge of US farmers regarding on-farm research via the implementation of a 24-question survey distributed across most of the US Midwest and South-Central regions. We found that farmers generally are willing to engage with universities to conduct on-farm research and were 40% more likely to adopt practices supported by on-farm research findings than research not conducted on-farm. Notably, a shift toward conservation practices was made, with cover crops and no-till at the forefront. Insights of this nature have implications for fostering collaborations, addressing constraints, and maximizing the impact of on-farm research, offering guidance for sustainable agriculture progress in the United States and beyond. Results from this research survey could be used to initiate much-needed policies to promote on-farm research. Further, information on the benefits and drawbacks of on-farm research could be used in the development of studies that benefit both farmers and researchers.
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Carlos Pires, North Dakota State University / Kansas State University
Fernanda Krupek, The Ohio State University
Gabriela Carmona, Corteva
Osler Ortez, The Ohio State University
Laura Thompson, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Daniel Quinn, Purdue University
Andre Reis, University of Missouri
Rodrigo Werle, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peter Kovacs, South Dakota State University
Maninder Singh, Michigan State University
Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, Kansas State University
Charles Rice, Kansas State University
Ignacio Ciampitti, Kansas State University
Target audiences:
Educators; Researchers; Consumers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.