Think “Cover Crops.”
Cover Crops are planted primarily for the benefit of the soil rather than the crop yield. Cover crops help manage soil erosion; increase soil fertility; reduce weeds, pests, diseases; and add biodiversity for wildlife. Cover crops also add organic matter to the soil and improve soil moisture use efficiency. Furthermore, they minimize soil compaction and add nitrogen to the soil.
There are a variety of cover crops that provide different benefits. In order to maximize benefits, a variety of cover crop species is suggested when planting. Call us at 317-228-0134 to learn more about programs that pay you to try cover crops on your farm. You may also contact the NRCS, who offers programs and information promoting cover crops. The following short video from the USDA provides in depth information on the benefits of cover crops.
If you are considering cover crops but continue to have questions, we may be able to help you out. For more information please read Got Cover Crops?