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Research Project: Enhancing the Sustainability of United States Cropping Systems through Cover Crops and an Innovative Information and Technology Network

Location: Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-167-26-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2019
End Date: Aug 31, 2024

Objective:
1. Transform cover crop data connectivity via social and technical infrastructure. 2. Develop key technologies to improve cover crop performance, inform management, and determine impacts on agronomic performance and ecosystem services. 3. Deploy key technologies to investigate the impacts of cover crops on abiotic and biotic factors affecting crop performance. 4. Transform education and extension knowledge delivery to catalyze CC adoption. 5. Determine the effectiveness of a cover crop information ecology as a model for integrating participatory research and practice.

Approach:
Both ARS and Cooperator will: 1. Cooperate with collaborators to conduct field work, compile data and conduct meta-analysis and data synthesis. Field work consists of three common experiments, two of which will be on-station and the third on-farm. There will be a total of 15 states involved in each common experiment. The common experiments focus on how cover crop management influences pests, disease, nutrients, and water. We will compile data collected in these trials into a national database from which analysis will be completed. Cooperator contributions: 1. Coordinate data sharing.