A panel of stakeholders make recommendations for research design, data collection, project outreach, on-farm trials, mobilizing growers, and future experiments.
We hosted four Think Tank meetings from 2021-22.
We will host two meetings in 2023.
Farmers and agricultural service providers evaluate the research design, treatments, and data collection and identify benefits and limitations of our research.
- the participants are told what treatments are being tested but they do not know which treatment is in each plot
- participants observe the field research plots and record their observations about plant vigor, weed suppression, pest damage, disease damage, etc.
- participants then engage in a facilitated discussion as a group and identify the most desirable and least desirable treatments observed
- participants then make recommendations for future experiments after the plot/treatment key is revealed
We hosted an on-station research assessment at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, FL in 2021.
We hosted an on-station research assessment at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL in 2022.
Sattanno, K. and Swisher, M. E. (2022) Farmer Think Tank Enhancing Cover Crop Research: Stakeholder-Driven Adaptive Research (SDAR). Presentation at ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD.
View the full project website HERE.
This research is part of a regional collaborative project supported by the USDA-NIFA, Award No. 2019-68012-29818, “Precision Sustainable Ag Coordinated Agricultural Project” (PSA-CAP): ”Enhancing the Sustainability of US Cropping Systems through Cover Crops and an Innovative Information and Technology Network.”