TAKE PART IN AN INNOVATIVE

COVER CROP 

ON-FARM RESEARCH TRIAL

North Jersey RC&D is inviting farmers in northern New Jersey to participate in a two-year on-farm trial of innovative cover crop management strategies. Farmers enrolled in the project will try one of the following practices on a portion of their land: (1) planting into green cover crop, (2) roller-crimping cover crop to kill it, or (3) grazing cover crops.  As the study progresses, farmers will record what they did and what was the impact on cash crops; meanwhile, the staff at North Jersey RC&D will collect soil samples to assess the effect the practices had on soil health. 

Farmers will commit to two years of these strategies (2021 and 2022). As compensation for trying and evaluating these conservation approaches, farmers will receive technical assistance and compensation through North Jersey RC&D. Compensation will include a $1,000 annual stipend for time/labor recording economic and agronomic practices and annual per-acre-payments for every acre enrolled in the study.  The grant also provides farmers with an equipment budget, to purchase the equipment and supplies they need to be successful, including high-end planter attachments, roller crimpers, as well as fence supplies for grazing. 

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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. 

This opportunity is open to farmers with previous experience using cover crops, who are located in Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, Somerset and Morris counties. We are seeking to conduct research on a wide diversity of farms from small vegetable to large grain operations under both organic and conventional management.

This work is supported by the Conservation Innovation Grants program at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is funded through the On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a new component of 2018 Farm Bill.  We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experiment with some advanced soil health practices.  New Jersey farmers haven’t had access to conservation innovation funding at this scale in over 20 years – so don’t miss out.  

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