University of Minnesota Extension will be monitoring pairs of farms using contrasting management for soil structure and moisture for two growing seasons. Included in the study will be how field workability impacts farmers’ quality of life and stress levels.

The field studies will explore how row crop management systems change soil response to rain, and farmer access to fields after rain.

While gathering field data from cooperator farms and the Southern Research and Outreach Center, Extension is also looking to gather information from Minnesota farmers. Any crop farmer in Minnesota is invited to participate in a farmer survey. This survey will collect information including farm characteristics, how farming practices impact workable field days, and the impact this has on farmer stress and overall quality of life.

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be completed online at

Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and individual data gathered will be kept private. Research records will be stored securely and only researchers will have access to the records.

This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension.

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