Submitted to: National Small Farms Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/12/1999
Publication Date: 6/4/2001
Interpretive Summary: The laboratory at Lane, OK was established to develop agricultural production systems for alternative crops in the Southern Plains. Specifically the majority of research is on vegetables, with a large portion of that time devoted to cucurbits. It is necessary to provide continuing education to interested parties concerning the technology needed dfor the successful production of crops where the basic agricultural method needed are novel to the producer. With the aim of fostering a developing industry, it is necessary to design on-farm research that makes economic sense to the producer/cooperator. The cooperators may encounter problems. It is how the problems are handled that may define the level of, and incentive for, cooperation in subsequent years
Technical Abstract: It is necessary that technology developed under controlled conditions in the laboratory be transferred to the end user. For production agriculture this requires on-farm testing. To make the on-farm research successful it is necessary that all parties be committed to the project, information be freely shared, and problems that arise be dealt with quickly, and in a manner that does not offend the cooperators. Continued cooperation between producers and researchers is dependent on the human interaction that goes along with the development of meaningful data.