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Seminar to discuss benefit of cover crops

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:48 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Friends of the Big Bureau Creek Watershed will hold a workshop on cover crops from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Bureau County Farm Bureau, 535 Elm Place, Princeton.

Cover crop professionals and farmers will discuss termination techniques and challenges, as well as the availability of federal funding through U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Bill conservation programs. This program is free to anyone who wishes to attend.

Cover crops are growing in popularity as a tool farmers can use to maximize agricultural productivity. The benefits of planting fall cover crops on otherwise fallow land include increased organic matter, decreased compaction and erosion, and nitrogen scavenging.  Cover crops are being touted as an excellent way to improve soil health, at a time when many have become concerned about the loss of soil quality as a result of decades of chemical inputs and the current crop rotation system.

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