DELAYED COVER CROP TERMINATION

 

USDA NRCS
ON-FARM TRIALS

North Jersey RC&D (NJRCD) is conducting a a soil health demonstration that compares typical northeastern US cover crop termination practice (termination in early to mid- spring, using herbicide, weeks before planting) against innovative methods of delaying cover crop termination and cash crop planting. These innovative methods include planting into (1) a green living cover crop, (2) a mature cover crop terminated using a roller crimper and (3) a cover crop intensively grazed by livestock. 
 

These strategies maximize soil cover, biodiversity, and the presence of living roots in annual crop systems, ultimately increasing the agronomic and economic value of cover crop to agricultural producers. 

more about the
on-farm trial

WHERE:

Farms in  northern New Jersey (Warren, Hunterdon,
Sussex, Somerset, and Morris counties)

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:​

  • Farms under conventional, non-GMO, and organic management growing grains, beans, and other summer annuals including silage corn, vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

  • All farms enrolled in OFT should have at least one year of experience using CC. 

WHEN

Participants will purchase equipment during the summer of 2020 and attend one workshop outlining study expectations.  This is a two-year study to occur between 2021 and 2022.  

WHAT:
Treatment fields will be terminated three to four weeks after control fields using one of three innovative termination techniques: (1) Planting Green, (2) Rolling and (3) CC Grazing. 
 
Termination methods used by each participant will be based on the participant’s interests and abilities. For example, farmers accustomed to terminating cover crop at two inches in height will terminate CC at 6-8 inches in height on treatment fields.  Similarly, farmers already terminating CC at 6-8 inches, will terminate CC at 2-3 feet using roller-crimper and/or a combination of livestock and herbicide. 
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incentives

Participants will be eligible to receive five different incentives, described in detail below. 

01

annual Stipend

Compensation for twice-annual on-farm meetings, and time/labor recording economic and agronomic practices. Farmers will receive annual stipends after submitting completed worksheets detailing economic and agronomic practices.

Payment Rate: $1000.00 annually

02

equipment 

Participants are eligible to receive financial assistance toward equipment and supplies (retrofits and purchases) for

  • temporary and/or permanent fence equipment and supplies

  • frame-mounted or pull-behind roller crimpers

  • no-till planter retrofits including specialized coulters, disc levelers, residue cleaners, closing wheels, and hydraulic downforce systems.

 

Payment Rate: $Up to $20,000 reimbursement per participant, with greater financial assistance allotted toward producers with more land enrolled. 

03

per-acre payments

Participants will receive payment for every acre enrolled in the study.
 

Payment Rate: $35.00 per acre for grains, beans, and forage crops and $300.00 per acre for summer annual vegetable/fruit crops)

04

free soil tests

Land enrolled in the study will receive free comprehensive soil tests each year.   

05

free technical assistance

OFT participants who have additional questions or concerns, are eligible to receive free 1:1 consultation with NJRCD Agricultural Specialists, Rosetree Consulting, or Penn State Agricultural Extension agent, Heidi Reed.

DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Contact Bridgett Hilshey at bhilshey@northjerseyrcd.org or (908) 574-5368

(908) 574-5368

ADDRESS

10 Maple Avenue
P.O. Box 117
Asbury, NJ 08802

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