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County helps farmers with cover crops

 

Posted 8/29/17 (Tue)

County helps farmers with cover crops

By Marcus White
 

Williams County Soil Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working with area farmers to encourage the planting of cover crops during the harvest season.


“A few years ago people got started talking about it,” said Wes Thompson, who farms north of Ray. “Drawback is that you are seeding the cover crops when you need to harvest.”


Doug Nenow, a retired farmer and volunteer with the program said cover crops help improve soil conditions from one year to the next.


“It gives a growth of deep rooted crops,” Nenow said. “The crops keep microorganisms in the soil and allows a longer period for them to multiply.”

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