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STUDYING MIXES: The Northeast Cover Crops Council is leading a project to see what abiotic factors affect total fall cover crop aboveground biomass in late fall and mid-spring, and the proportion of best cover crop species mixes.

Northeast Cover Crops Council seeks study participants

The study’s goal is to find ideal cover crop mixes for fall and spring. Sign-up ends July 17.

Interested in taking part in a multistate cover crop research project? The Northeast Cover Crops Council needs participants to sign up by July 17.

Researchers, members of the ag industry and farmers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states — Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia — are invited to participate.

The goal of the project is to investigate abiotic factors that affect total fall cover crop aboveground biomass in late fall and mid-spring, and the proportion of each species in a set mixture to better advise farmers as to likely mixture performance.

Seeds will be provided for the project. There will be a set mixture of cereal rye, hairy vetch and canola planted in one of three ways:

  • plant at least one strip of the mixture
  • plant multiple strips of the mixture, ideally in fields with different fertility levels and soil characteristics
  • plant a full multisurface response trial consisting of pure stands, two-species mixes and all three species with a cone seeder

Baseline soil samples will be taken. Researchers will gather and dry cover crop biomass this fall and next spring.

For more information or to participate in the study, email vackroyd@umd.edu.

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