Research and Demonstration:
The farm researches and demonstrates alternative agricultural approaches that are environmentally sound and have a positive impact on the community.
Crops. A 17-acre block of 40 quarter-acre plots is dedicated to research. Plant, soil, pest, grain quality and economic performance of organic and conventional systems are studied. Sorghum is grown for information related to biomass production. Cover crops also are studied.
Soils. The topography of the area makes soil erosion, cropping rotation and tillage research important. Prairie strips are used to control water and nutrient movement in the fields. There is ongoing monitoring of soil quality for the crops research.