Two articles in this week’s Indiana Prairie Farmer add an enthusiastic thumbs-up for cover crops’ multitude of benefits. Among them ability to send roots deep into soil, helping corn and soybean crops to root more deeply.
The first article talks about how quickly the word is spreading about annual ryegrass and other cover crops, because of deep rooting but also about rebuilding soil, sequestering nitrogen, preventing erosion and boosting production. Click here to see the article.
In the second article, also by Tom Bechman, he recounts experiments by a young Indiana farmer who has experimented with cover crops in a laboratory-type setting…and the findings about how deep roots can go in unpacked soil. Click here to see the article.
For those viewing this on a mobile device, here are the same articles for that format:
Deep Rooting (click)
Young Farmer Experiments with Deep Rooting