Small grains, big benefits
Farmers participate in research with scientists and educators who know their world.
Ruth Hoefs and Ron Pomije's farmstead straddles the line between two townships in Le Sueur County. "Some of their crops and animals are in Lexington, and some are in Derrynane," says Diane DeWitte, a University of Minnesota Extension agriculture educator based in the area.
Their farm is also at the crossroads of Extension research and education. They are in their sixth year of participating in trials meant to bring more wheat back to southern Minnesota after decades of farmers avoiding it due to low yields and disease problems. The study is one of over 100 Extension applied crop research projects taking place in Greater Minnesota.