DELAYED COVER CROP TERMINATION
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Participants will be eligible to receive five different incentives, described in detail below.
DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Contact Bridgett Hilshey at or (908) 574-5368