Growing U.P. Agricultural Association

2016-2017 Agronomy Priorities

Growing U.P. Agricultural Association
P.O. Box 168
Chatham, MI  49816
906-439-5114; Fax 906-439-5698
Submitter:  Paul Naasz, Facilitator

Top Four Priorities

  1. Promote the integration of crop and livestock systems as supported by the Growing U.P. Agricultural 2016-2017 Livestock Priorities.
  2. Investigate and develop methods to improve soil health.
    • Evaluate the new methods available to assess soil health and their management implications
    • Manure Management including composting, soil testing and manure analysis
    • Crop rotation and cover crops in U.P. cropping systems
    • Investigate no-till practices across the U.P
  3. Evaluate cost-effective methods to maintain or increase the economic viability of forage production in the UP.
    • Evaluate methods to improve and renovate pastures on various U.P. soil types
    • Continue varietal evaluations
    • Investigate challenges associated with producing high quality alfalfa
      • Improve longevity of alfalfa stands
      • Evaluate harvesting techniques
  4. Continue to investigate and develop malting barley and other potential cash crop production and marketing.

Other Topics

  • Encourage producer participation in MAEAP verification programs
  • Wind Energy
  • Carbon sequestration, Greenhouse Gases Mitigation

Revised December 2016

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