On-farm research could transform agriculture, paper says


Two multi-ethnic female farmers are using a digital tablet in farm field. Smart farming.

Australian researchers lead study into collaborative technique foregrounding real-world experimentation

Global agriculture could be transformed by a method that puts farmers’ individual circumstances “back at the heart of the research process”, a study has found.

“On-farm research” uses farmers and working farms to conduct experiments, and it takes into account “real farm conditions” as well as farmers’ actual priorities, the authors say.

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