What is a test strip?
It is a strip across a farmer's field where one input is changed (either added, omitted or modified). Treatments within the strip may include a change in planting density, a new variety, or changes in fertilizer or pest management, etc... Test strips can be used for both farmer- or researcher-led field demonstrations.
Why have test strips?
Test strips are simple to highly visible. It is easy to apply and it offers a simple way to assess a treatment relative to the farmers current practice and circumstances. The strip plots are useful tools during field days for demonstrating “new” options for farmers.
To establish test strips:
Limitations of Addition Plots
Developed with inputs from JF Rickman and MA Bell