Utilizing cover crops and diversity isn’t just great for building soil health, it also serves to create a more resilient soil that can stand up against extreme weather conditions.
Nat Bradford is an heirloom vegetable farmer in Sumter County. Recently, Nat has transitioned to a more regenerative style of agriculture and talks with us about the effects thus far and his vision for the future.
The benefits of incorporating cover crops for soil building are undeniable, but there’s more to consider for a farmer than just purchasing seed and incorporating them into his operation. Don Jackson found that out first-hand.
Before we began our Cover 5 project last fall, we asked each farmer involved to show us their worst performing plot of land. After all, what better way to display the power of soil health than through taking land no one wants and transforming it into land that consistently out-produces the rest? … For those…
Restoring the land with cover crops one farmer at a time!
“I’ve seen a lot more cover crops in the area than I’ve ever seen.” Cover crops are a tool many farmers are turning to for it’s laundry list of benefits. Check out first time cover cropper Nathaniel Rhodes of Orangeburg County discuss his thoughts a couple of months into his first cover cropping experience!
“This time of year (May) you can plow a field up and in almost a day a lot of the moisture is evaporated. When you [use cover crops] the moisture content in the ground remains more constant because you’ve got cover as opposed to it being bare ground that dries out.”
It’s often thought that to add cover crops to an operation, a farmer needs fancy new equipment. In this video, Bryant Harrison shows us that that doesn’t have to be the case!
Soil health practices like cover crops and diversity are great tools for a farmer. But they don’t change the reality that farming is tough… and changing farming practices can make it feel even tougher! Luckily, there are several programs, free services and information that the NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service) offers to assist farmers. Have you gotten…
Cover crops not only help build up organic matter in the soil, they also help with reducing weeds and increasing water infiltration!