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Wanted: Curious Farmers

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is working with partners through our Cover Crops Research and Outreach Project (CCROP) collaboration to help farmers around the state generate farmer-generated research data around cover crops in the state.  Simple but reliable farm data can us help build a better knowledge base about the who, what, why, where, and when of cover crops.  We have developed a very simple survey and data collection protocol to improve cover crop recommendations and use in Wisconsin.

Who is collecting this data and Why? 

Our partners are a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, scientists, and outreach specialists looking to improve cover crop recommendations for the state of Wisconsin. This data is needed to better understand what cover crop work in Wisconsin, planting timing, and potential benefits received from these cover crops. This data will help improve cover crop data in SnapPlus.

For your privacy we ask you provide your contact information via this survey. We will keep this information separate from the data you provide on cover crops in order to ensure your farm data is protected. The field data you provide will never be associated with any personal information. We will not share any contact/personal information when sharing the survey results.


Phase 1

  • After you have entered your data in the first survey, we will send you a link to the actual data collection survey.
  • After you complete the first survey we will email you asking for photos of the cover crop at seeding, two weeks following seeding, and four weeks following seeding.

Phase 2

  • We will mail you an envelope to collect the optional biomass sample. We’re developing a video with information on collecting the biomass sample.
  • We will share a data report with you during 2020-2021 winter. We’ll also keep you informed on what we’re learning from the data via interrim emails as the study progresses.

Your participation is completely voluntary, and you can leave the project at any time.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Dan Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Extension Southwest Regional Outreach Specialist for the Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Program dhsmith@wisc.edu