Goal: determine how grass and legume cover crops impact soil N cycling and optimum N fertilizer management for the subsequent crop.
Goal: quantify how timing of cereal rye termination influences pest (insects and slugs), disease, and weed populations in the subsequent corn cash crop.
Goal: deploy common research protocols studying the short-term effects of cover crops on farms that currently grow cover crops, but may differ in management.
Processes and Tools
Decision Support Tools
Goal: oversee the operations of data collection, structure, and data management and provide support to the whole PSA Network from data collection to data visualizations.
Goal: develop and refine tools designed to simplify decision-making related to cover crops in the areas of species selection and management, nutrient and water management, and economics.
Goal: facilitate the use of remote sensing technologies (e.g., satellites, sensor boxes) to minimize the need for destructive field sampling.
Goal: develop, calibrate, and validate models relating cover crop performance to biotic and abiotic factors using data from the PSA field experiments.
Human - Cover Crop Interface
Goal: create and deliver a novel multi-institution, multi-region upper-level undergraduate course centered on cover crops.
Goal: effectively integrate CC research and practice by engaging stakeholders as collaborators and exchanging information in a variety of ways.
Goal: determine the effectiveness of a cover crop information ecology for participatory research and practice.