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Cover Crops

To have a truly successful crop and dynamic agroecosystem, it is essential to maintain the best soil possible between plantings. Cover crops can provide a vital link in the healthy soil chain by protecting and enhancing the soil in the absence of crops for harvest. The roots, flowers and organic matter of cover crops keep your fallow fields alive by:

  • Managing soil erosion
  • Improving soil fertility/quality
  • Increasing water retention and infiltration
  • Pushing out weeds
  • Providing increased biodiversity
  • Attracting pollinators
  • Breaking up compacted soil
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Year-round protection

Another, perhaps obvious, benefit to growing cover crops is to provide forage or hay for livestock. In this way, cover crops provide a two-in-one benefit: you can help your soil while feeding your animals.

Some cover crops provide more of the above benefits than others, while some offer all of them and more. As always, if you need help in deciding what would work best for you, call us and we will work with you to come up with your best choice. Whether you are a no-till farmer, large scale grower or a home gardener, cover crops have something to offer you as part of your sustainable agricultural plan.

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