- Agronomic: potatoes
- Animal Production: manure management
- Crop Production: conservation tillage
- Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
- Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
- Pest Management: mulches - killed, mulching - vegetative
- Soil Management: composting, green manures, soil analysis
The yield and quality of a potato crop are the result of complex interactions amongst crop nutrition, cultural practices, and pest damage. In this project we developed a participatory process to share knowledge, experience, and farmer innovation; to illuminate new strategies for farmer-identified problems in whole farm systems; and to enhance their adoption and adaptation. This project piloted a participatory approach to learning and adaptation of novel farming systems strategies, evaluate the effects of soil and crop management on tuber insect pests and diseases, weeds, nitrogen availability, and profitability, and extended project findings to a larger audience of farmers
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1. Pilot a participatory approach to learning and adaptation of novel farming systems strategies.
2. Evaluate the effects of soil management on tuber insect pests and diseases, weeds, nitrogen availability, and profitability.
3. Extend project findings to a larger audience of farmers.