Wednesday Oct 26, 2022
Farmer-led research on innovative corn production practices for climate and economic resilience
Guest: Mike Witt, P. Ag, owner and operator of WT Bar Ranch.
In the first AgResilience episode, host Samantha Charlton speaks with Mike Witt from Bar WT Farms. As a Director of the BC Forage Council, Professional Agrologist and Certified Crop Advisor who is growing hay, corn and cereal crops on over 300 acres in the North Okanagan, Mike shares his expertise on the importance of farmer-led research to make farming operations more resilient to climate change.
Mike has been conducting his own on-farm research trials since he began farming and in this episode he discusses his latest project supported by the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program. He is testing innovative corn production practices, including relay cropping, variable rate planting and strip tillage. Find out how these practices are working and how to avoid the pitfalls and increase the successes of on-farm research and extension.
On-farm research resources mentioned in the episode can be found through BC Forage Council and BC Climate Change Adaptation.
WT Bar Ranch is located in Lumby, BC on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People.
Samantha Charlton - Host
Serena Black - ACARN Chair
Shauna MacKinnon - ACARN Coordinator
Asha Wareham, Rachel Wang - Work-Learn Students
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