One way to help boost soil health is cover crops. However, there is skepticism. Cover crop coach Steve Groff explains it’s hard for farmers to do something they aren’t familiar with, but there is a value. “If you approach cover crops with a mindset like you do with cash crops, you’ll stand a better chance of success,” he said. During the Conservation Tillage Conference, Groff also said there are 10 strategies to make cover crops pay. This includes a proper mindset, keeping nitrogen in the field, not polluting, planting at the ideal time, using the correct species, weed control, forage and cost sharing. Also, using a precision planter for cover crops and public perception.
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