The PNW Farmers' Network and The University of Connecticut are hosting a free symposium this February on data-driven On-Farm Precision Experimentation (OFPE).

What is OFPE?

On-Farm (sometimes called On-Field) Precision Experimentation is the applied process of utilizing highly precise agricultural technology to gather data and experiment within individual producers' fields. This can then be used in turn to reduce costs, improve yield, and develop sustainable projects that are targeted exactly to a farmer's fields.

Because of the software and technology used, OFPE makes it easy for producers to design and run experiments in their own fields utilizing extensive data, to in turn apply their learned knowledge into positive change.

Harvesting Insights symposium information

The symposium, "Harvesting Insights With Data-Driven On-Farm Precision Experimentation (OFPE)", will be a two-part online series held on the following dates:

  • February 13, 2024 from 10:00-11:30am PST
  • February 20, 2024 from 10:00-11:30am PST

Registration is free, and participants are asked to watch a short OFPE introductory series before attending.

The goals for the symposium are to:

  • Teach participants more about OFPE methods
  • Brainstorm obstacles and solutions for developing adoptable variable rate recommendations
  • Evaluate the trial design and reporting software for developing participants' own future experiments
  • Connect with collaborators

The University of Illinois also offers additional resources on its Data-Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) blog.

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