Will you plant cover crops, or not? That's the question farmers are being asked in a nation-wide survey from the Conservation Technology Information Center, in conjunction with SARE and ASTA.
“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.”
Farmers can take the survey online until May, and responses are anonymous, says Watts. The survey is easy and shouldn't take more than 15 minutes (even less depending on crop rotation and diversity). Those who complete the survey will be entered to win a $100 gift card.