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Cover Crops
Cover Crops and Soil Health
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A field of blooming sunflowers in mid-October on our cover crops plots Cover crops not only build soil health, but also protect water quality by keeping soil in place and preventing erosion.

Seeding was begun on the fields, which will be the site of our November 1st field day, on August 8th. A high clearance seeder finished seeding on August 23rd. Several different mixes were chosen to offer a good comparison including buckwheat, hairy vetch, red clover, forage turnips, radish, rye and sunflower.

We appreciate the support of Larry Smith, Halderman Farm Management and Real Estate, NVest- CISCO Seeds, ProHarvest Seeds, 1st Source Bank, Beck's Hybrids, Farm Credit-Mid America, the First National Bank of Monterey, Wille, Stiener & Brust & Airscout & Wheatfield Grain Holding Company-Dave Bykerk