Whether they have planted cover crops or not, all farmers are being encouraged to complete an anonymous survey to provide valuable production insight.
For the seventh time since 2012, the Conservation Technology Information Center, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program and American Seed Trade Association are collaborating to host the nationwide survey.
"Data from previous surveys have been used in scientific papers, business planning, extension efforts, media coverage of cover crops, and even included in testimony to Congress,” said Rob Myers, regional director of extension programs for North Central SARE and director of the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture.
The exact number of questions depends on the individual farm. Most participants can expect to complete the survey in about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the variety of crops and cover crops utilized in their operation.
The last survey completed was during the 2019-2020 period. Responses from 1,172 farmers highlighted the impact of cover crop use on prevent plant claims, planting date and crop insurance preference. Of the group, 70.5% observed improved weed control when utilizing cover crops. Modest improvements were also seen in soybean, corn and wheat yields by 5%, 2% and 2.6%, respectively, when utilizing an additional cropping cycle.
All survey responses are confidential.
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