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Cover Crop Research Participants Needed
March 27, 2014
Abbe Hamilton is a student at Penn State University currently beginning a research project on the topic of cover crops. She is recruiting farmer participants now, for both this spring and next spring for her work - please read her full announcement below and be in touch with Abbe directly if you are interested in participating.
Do you have a cover crop growing on a field in your farm? Will you be planting one this year?
I’m looking for farmers of all types interested in learning more about the quality of their cover crops (as measured by biomass, growth stage, C:N ratio and flowering density, if applicable) and willing to allow me to conduct a short, one-time study on one of their cover cropped fields. I’m especially interested in farmers growing a polyculture cover crop. I’ll be sampling this spring, as well as late this fall and next spring, so there will be future opportunities for participation.
Participation would involve answering a few questions about how your cover crop was managed, and I would take a small destructive sample (7.5 square feet, distributed throughout a field) with two weeks prior to the termination of the crop.
I’m scheduling farm visits for this spring now, so please contact me as soon as possible to answer a couple of preliminary questions!