Founded in Southern Alberta
A family learning tradition for some
Farming Smarter is a grassroots, farm focused, agriculture innovation driver. Founded in 2012 from the amalgamation of the Southern Applied Research Association (SARA, 1994) and the Southern Alberta Conservation Association (SACA, 1990).
Farming Smarter and its parent organizations played a pivotal role in shaping the agricultural landscape in southern Alberta and beyond. Its early efforts focused on soil conservation including the development and widespread adoption of zero tillage. Projects like the pea-wheat rotation accelerated the adoption of pulse crops, continuous cropping, and the reduction of fallow.
We help bridge knowledge from other researchers and facilitated the adoption of integrated pest management techniques including weed and insect identification, determining economic thresholds, managing resistance, and protecting beneficial insects. Farmers learned how to soil test and implement nutrient management plans objectively. They learned about novel crops including canola, pulses, hemp and more.
More recently they learned how to use precision tools for on farm research, the impacts of spraying at different times throughout the day and how to manage hail damaged crops. They’re upping their game with precision vacuum planters and learning to manage glyphosate resistant weeds.
Whether it’s a new practice, a new crop or a new system, Farming Smarter is always there to help farmers learn, adapt and change the way they farm.