What do erosion control, soil health, weed suppression, improved fertility and enhanced wildlife habitat/beneficial insects all have in common? They are all cover crop benefits!
Grown primarily for improving farmland, humans have used cover crops longer that most people have imagined. Ancient Romans to the father of our country, George Washington, knew the value of cover crops. Today, some farmers are learning the value of cover crops as an agricultural practice.
Some cover crops have to be planted by September 15. If are you interested in discovering what cover crops can do for your farmland, contact your Atchison County Soil & Water District or NRCS office, 660-744-6201, as soon as possible and see what programs are available to assist you in starting your cover crop practice.