Kent describes this falls seeding trials with ROWBOT in his blog post, Laying down cover crop seed the ROWBOT way. "Last year's initial study, while not as rigorous as this year's suggested that less biomass results from later planting dates. That makes sense, and it is the reason we're working hard to commercialize the ROWBOT technology so that we can seed cover crops on millions of acres long before corn is harvested!" Read more and check out pictures from this year's seeding here.
Phases One and Two have created a capacity among the local stakeholder group to better understand the future of agriculture in the region, and the drivers that they may be able to affect to promote a future that is better for farmers, the environment, and the local economy. In Phase Three we narrowed in on a few chopportunities—that is challenges and opportunities—to explore as next steps. Four working groups around activities have been established. To learn more about the chopportunities, read here.
In April we begin phase two of the project. Phase two will be an opportunity to collaboratively explore possible future scenarios of agricultural development in Southern MN. We’ll begin by interviewing stakeholders and participants about their perspectives on the future of the agricultural bioeconomy. Then we’ll meet on April 22nd, to bring these ideas together. See the full update here.
In 2015 the Seven Mile Creek New Agricultural Bioeconomy Project (NABP) connected local stakeholders in the Seven Mile Creek (7MC) area and experts from around the state, created opportunities for shared learning, and built a foundation for stakeholders to better understand their interest in affecting the future of the bioeconomy in Southern MN.
"Farmers have long been finding ways to be more resilient to year-to-year weather changes. But now that the climate trends are clearer, some are advocating changes in what we grow. Diversifying the agricultural landscape is one of the best ways to make it more resilient to climate change, said Nick Jordan. He says the trick is to find crops that could both benefit the soil and farmers' pocketbooks." Read More
The Forever Green Initiative, partner initiative to the Local Bioeconomy Collaborative, aims to support sustainable intensification of agriculture in Midwest USA by integrating new or improved fallow season and perennial crops into agricultural landscapes by generating "market pull". Read More