Johannesburg Potato Seed Farm to Receive USD7,500 grant
Melissa Boersema with Sklarczyk Seed Farm LLC in Johannesburg has recently been recommended to receive a USD7,500 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for their project, “A Proof of Concept Experiment Evaluating a Greensprouting Pre-Planting Treatment to Increase Seed Potato Yields and Develop Sustainable Practices within the Potato Industry.”
“Seed potato mini tubers will be subjected to a green sprouting procedure and planted at a variety of depths in order to establish the factors necessary for maximum yield potential of the potato crop, leading to the creation of effective guidelines for the treatment of mini tubers to be distributed throughout the community,” Boersema said, according to petoskeynews.com.
This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program, which is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration and education projects.
The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.