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Farmers Urged to Participate in CTIC, SARE and ASTA Cover Crop Survey

There has been growing interest in our part of the state in the use of cover crops.  As you have started asking for more details on what cover crops you can use, how they will benefit you and what the costs are, it has become very apparent that additional research is needed.  The recent Cover Crop Field Day & demonstration plot that we offered at the Southeast Research and Education Center is an example SARE Grant funding can be applied in a useful way for you.  This is the very type activity that is/can be developed as we learn more about how you are utilizing cover crops.  I encourage you to take the time to fill out the survey mentioned in the following news brief:

Farmers Urged to Participate in CTIC, SARE and ASTA Cover Crop Survey

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Farmers: Take the survey now.

“This survey provides us with a great perspective on why farmers do or do not plant cover crops, what they expect to gain from the practice, and what their concerns are,” says Chad Watts, project director at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, Indiana, which administers the survey. “Results from the survey help guide policy, research and education on cover crops. In recent years, data from cover crop surveys has been used in testimony on Capitol Hill, featured in the New York Times, and cited in academic journals. People are very eager to hear how farmers view cover crops.”


The survey can be taken online at http://tinyurl.com/ccsurvey2016 until May 1, 2016. All answers to the survey are anonymous, Watts points out. Participants who complete the survey—an easy process that takes no more than 15 minutes, and even less depending on your crop rotations and diversity—have the option of entering into a drawing for a $100 gift card.


The project is the fourth annual cover crop survey conducted by CTIC in conjunction with USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) with help from Penton Media. Sponsors within ASTA include Albert Lea Seed, CHS, The CISCO Corporation, LaCrosse Seed, Mountain View Seed, Allied Seed, Curtis & Curtis Inc., Grassland Oregon, Justin Seed and Seedway.


Anyone interested in seeing results from the 2013, 2014 or 2015 crop year surveys and other related projects, click here.