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Discover the Cover: Farmers Realize Benefits, Challenges of Soil-Improving Cover Crops

posted on December 19, 2013 by Ron Nichols, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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A growing number of farmers throughout the nation have “discovered the cover” — and for some very good reasons.

They’re recognizing that by using cover crops and diverse rotations, it’s possible to actually improve the health and function of their soil, said David Lamm, a soil health expert with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Farmers are also reaping the benefits healthy soils bring to their operations in the form of better nutrient cycling, improved water infiltration and more consistent yields over time.