Activities and research
The Cover Crops Program at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station / Michigan State University focuses on integrating cover crops into Michigan field crop systems. Our goal is to make information from research readily available so farmers can make better decisions about using cover crops on their farms.
Mutch has more than 28 years of research and Extension experience in organic farming, IPM, cover crops and sustainable agriculture. He has served on the NCR-SARE Administrative Council, Technical Committee and Producer Grants Program. In July 2007, Mutch became Michigan’s Sustainable Agriculture State Coordinator for NCR-SARE. His career emphasis has been on low-input and organic farming systems. His applied research focuses on participatory projects that use farmer advisory teams to direct and validate the work. Mutch manages ten OCIA-certified organic research acres.
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Since Dr. Snapp joined MSU in 1999, her research and extension has prioritized understanding biological principles to improve cropping system design, including enhanced winter cover through cover crops and perennial grain crops. This includes investigating which cover crop species work best for different soil types and cropping systems, and improving our understanding of root traits that promote phosphorus and nitrogen efficiency as well as healthy crops. Predicting availability of nitrogen and phosphorus in sustainable farming systems is of particular interest. Dr. Snapp coordinates a website at MSU on applied soil ecology management http://www.safs.msu.edu/soilecology/index.htm. Partnerships are central to her approach, involving farmers, educators and researchers working together to improve options for sustainable management.
Selection of cover crops used in various systems in Michigan
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