Participate in the Great Lakes YEN Project

We will be accepting applications as of July 5, 2021 for winter wheat field entries in Ontario, Canada, and the Great Lakes region of the USA. We will be notifying farmers of their acceptance as early as August 30, 2021 and will close applications in the late summer/early fall. We plan to launch the project for the selected farmer applicants in September 2021.

Farmers participating in the Great Lakes YEN will agree to collect soil, tissue, and grain samples at specific times throughout the duration of the project and send them to a lab for analyses. Additionally, they are expected to:

  • Keep a record of all crop inputs, track crop growth stages, and enter field data by established deadlines.
  • Download software and/or an app and use it for data entry
  • Participate in the year-end meeting
  • Accept and arrange third-party verification of yield
A field of wheat

For our first official year of the Great Lakes YEN (for harvest in 2022), we will be accepting 100 participants with a 50-50 split between the U.S. Great Lakes region and Ontario. Criteria are listed in detail in our FAQ, but geographic diversity, soil diversity and a willingness to share required data will be prioritized. Except for confidential individual field benchmarking reports, farm data will otherwise be anonymized prior to publication.

Apply below

Application deadline for Michigan is February 23, 2022. Ontario has completed its registration process and is no longer accepting applications for the 2022 season. 

Learn more about the Great Lakes YEN project participation details.