The Blesh Soil and Agroecosystems Lab at the University of Michigan is seeking farmers to participate in a citizen science study investigating variation in cover crop growth across different farming conditions. The research will help inform context-specific recommendations for improving cover crop performance across the Great Lakes region.

If you are currently growing overwintering cover crops in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin, please consider signing up.

Participating involves two easy steps: 1) a 15-minute online survey asking questions about your farm and management practices, and 2) a short (~30 minute) cover crop field assessment in the spring.

Participants will receive $50 per cover crop field, and a personalized cover crop performance report.

For more information, watch this short video or visit the Blesh Lab website. Sign up here to participate. 

Direct questions to Etienne Herrick, PhD candidate and USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow, Blesh Soil and Agroecosystems Lab, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, at