Local farmers and agronomists are digesting research findings from the On-Farm Research Summit. Crookston, Minnesota farmer Tim Dufault learned more about protein variability in the field. “We’ve got two combine protein analyzers being tested. Every four or five seconds, it’s testing the protein of the wheat as it’s coming into the combine, making a visual map and comparing it to yield. It’s very interesting what they found in the first couple of years; how areas with high protein have lower yield and the opposite, low yield equals high protein,” he says. “They’re still fine tuning the project, but hopefully, we’ll be able to make better decisions with fertilizer, where to put it and where we can maximize yield and protein.”
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