Researchers at the Universities of Illinois and Vermont are collaborating in a study to improve cover crop biomass and nitrogen estimates for farmers in the Midwest and Northeast to improve N credits for nutrient planning. Results will be incorporated into goCrop, the nutrient planning tool developed by University of Vermont Extension. The project is seeking on-farm cover crop measurements (height, % ground cover, maturity) and cover crop and soil samples in the spring of 2018 at the time of cover crop termination.
Cooperators need to be:
- Located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont
- Currently growing rye, clover, hairy vetch, alfalfa, alone or in mixes
- Using mechanical termination and organic fertility
Participating farmers will receive:
- $50 stipend
- Personalized report of cover crop biomass and nitrogen content
- Free 10-meter satellite imagery (vegetation index and color images) for any fields in the program
Interested farmers can sign up here.