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Wanted: Farmers to Participate In Data-Intensive Farm Management Research Project

The Data-Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) Research project is looking for Midwest corn farmers to participate in its USDA-sponsored research project beginning in 2017. The four-year, $4 million project, which is based at the University of Illinois and University of Nebraska, uses precision agriculture technology to conduct large-scale, on-farm nitrogen fertilizer and seeding rate field trials. 

Interested farmers should have access to precision equipment for fertilizing and planting, as well as a yield monitor. You must also be willing to make a field of 80 acres or larger available for the trial. 

After every year, researchers will analyze the data from each field trial and provide farmers with information about the management implications suggested by the data.

If a farmer experiences any profit losses due to participation, he or she will be fully compensated by DIFM. Participating farmers will also receive a $500 yearly stipend. 

Informational meetings will be held at the University of Illinois campus on February 20 and 27, 2017. To learn more about the DIFM project, visit

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