University of Minnesota Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes says the heavy, cold soil conditions are not an impossible challenge. “Improving soil health and getting better structure does let water infiltrate quickly into the ground. When there are cover crops growing, they are actively taking up moisture from the field.” Farmers with prevent plant acres who put in cover crops saw much drier field conditions this fall. “There was only so much a farmer could’ve done this year, but trying to improve soils is a great start.” The Conservation conference took place Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Cloud.
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