University of Minnesota Extension Educator Angie Peltier says livestock producers may be more likely to incorporate cover crops on their operation. “Oftentimes, they’ll be able to extend their grazing times a little longer and maybe not turn their herd onto hay as quickly,” said Peltier. Some farmers are using cover crops to fight herbicide-resistant waterhemp populations. Peltier says cover crop roots can support other organisms that promote soil health. “The more diverse our cover crop mix of species, the more diverse the bacterial and fungal populations that can be supported below ground.” They can develop symbiotic relationships that help hold water in the soil and make nutrients more available. Peltier was part of a breakout session at the Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean Research meeting.
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