The mission of the Washington State University (WSU) Farmers Network is to advance soil and nutrient management, crop productivity, farm sustainability and profit through collaborative research, extension and on-farm participatory learning.
Our specific goals are to:
- Facilitate information and idea sharing between farmers agronomists, researchers and other interested stakeholders;
- Identify research and extension needs;
- Engage farmers and agronomists in collaborative, precision on-farm experimentation and testing using state-of-the-art science and technologies;
- Provide extension programs;
- Generate scientific publications and extension bulletins;
- Seek funding support.
By directly participating in the research on their own farms, farmers learn first-hand which practices are better choices and how to fine-tune their own nutrient management systems.
The WSU Farmers Network will continuously generate cloud-based big data through on-farm precision experimentation, providing a gold mine of information that can be continuously updated and disseminated to farmers, crop advisors, industry, and other interested stakeholders. In turn, uncertainty in decision-making can be continuously reduced. Advanced data analysis will provide farmers and agronomists with user-friendly models to better predict the optimum rate, form, timing, and placement of nutrients for field-specific environments. Decision-support expert system will allow farmers and their crop advisors to make the best management practice choices for resource optimization and economic returns.