Cultivation/Production, Research

US: $105,000 grant will fund research into rotation crops for potato growers

A more than $100,000 grant will fund a project that to explore potential rotation crops for potato growers in the state, according to the Maine Potato Board. Jake Dyer, agronomist for the board, said Thursday that a $105,527 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program will support a two year project to develop “best management practices for pulse and oilseed crops in the Northeast.” He said there is a “relatively undeveloped market for pulse and oilseed crops and there is also a lack of best management practices. That may discourage people from planting them.”  Pulse crops include dry peas and beans, along with chickpeas and lentils. Oilseed crops include soybeans, sunflowers, flax and canola. More

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