The world of agriculture is facing enormous challenges ahead, and soil health management is the key to the long-term production and sustainability of the nation’s working lands. For America's farmers and ranchers, the soil beneath their feet is the foundation of their success – it's a life-giving force that grows the food to sustain our nation.
One method to building that foundation of soil health is planting a cover crop. A cover crop is a type of plant (i.e. grasses, legumes) that is used in conservation and crop production practices that reduces nutrient leaching, soil loss, and runoff, while also improving soil health. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy shows that cover cropping can be one of the most effective in-field strategies for reducing both nitrate-nitrogen and total phosphorus lost from corn-soybean fields.
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