The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of what motivates farmers to participate in cover crop projects, specifically Rural Advantage’s NCR-SARE cover crop project, and to identify the major cover crop agronomic practices used. The study concluded that the primary motivator was assisting in cover crop research and the cover crop agronomic practices used for establishment and termination could be considered mainstream farming practices. Interest in alternative methods was expressed. Implications of the study include: cover crop education and outreach is needed, encourage use of cover crops after early harvested cash crops, and encourage use of alternative establishment methods.
An NCR-SARE Cover Crop Project: Farmer-Cooperator Motivation and Agronomic Practices.
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