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20. In-Season Soil Sampling

There are all sorts of data to collect from agricultural field plots during the growing season. 

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19. Meeting Orchard Research Challenges

We have previously discussed the need to maintain uniformity within the research site.  Another factor of equal importance is avoiding cross contamination from one plot to the next.  This is done in field crops with border rows.  These can keep the harvested area of a plot separated from anything in an adjacent plot that could have an influence on yield.  But how do you do that in an orchard crop like apples where treatments are applied with a high-volume sprayer and the spray can travel from one row to possibly several others?

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18. Positive Potato Plot Planter Performance

The North Central Research Station has a number of potato experiments this year, so we were especially happy to have a new 2-row plot planter.  It came to us all the way from Italy, via Iowa.  Quite the route to Michigan for sure. 

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17. Did You Get Your Planter Prepared?

Planting season is almost here in mid-Michigan.  Soon winter's icy grip will give way to brighter days and warmer temperatures.

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16. Did you know?

Along with the 1100 acres of row crops, the North Central Research Station also has a 3-acre high density Apple Orchard designated for research. 

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