Cover Crops Survey will Help Determine Impact
"Momentum is building on cover crops, and I believe this survey information will be helpful not only for our SARE grant planning but also for other organizations," said Dr. Rob Myers, NCR-SARE’s PDP Coordinator and Regional Director for Extension Programs. "One of the goals of the survey is to determine the impact of cover crops on cash crop yields under the drought conditions that were so pervasive this past growing season. We are also gathering information about factors influencing cover crop adoption, perceived benefits with cover crops, and the amount farmers are willing to pay for both cover crop seed and establishment."
Survey questions were developed with significant input from the Midwest Cover Crops Council steering committee, a group of university and ARS scientists that includes some SARE state coordinators. Survey information will be compiled by Conservation Technology Information Center and made available in spring 2013.
Farmers who have been growing cover crops can take the survey here. A print version with identical questions to the online version is being distributed at five Midwest farmer conferences this winter. If you know of individuals or groups who would be relevant to receive the online cover crops survey, please forward the link to them.
Thank you in advance for your assistance on this survey. For more information, contact Chad Watts.